An Outline on Awareness and Knowledge of Healthcare Ethics and Medico-legal Aspects among Budding Doctors in a Tertiary Care Hospital
Keywords:Ethics; Medicolegal issues; Awareness; Consent; Curriculum.
Introduction: Numerous litigations have been filed against doctors in the recent past by the
patients on account of medical negligence, unethical behaviour and unethical association with
allied healthcare industries.
Objectives: This study aims to study the awareness of healthcare ethics among budding doctors
(CRRIs and Post graduate students) in a tertiary care hospital.
Materials and Method: A descriptive cross sectional study was conducted among 100 young
doctors working in a tertiary care hospital in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu using a self-structured
questionnaire in September 2018 and the results were tabulated.
Results: Of the 100 doctors, 50 were CRRIs and 50 were post graduates with 55.1% of the doctors
able to answer accurately for the questions on knowledge of medicolegal aspects.
Conclusions: Our study concludes that the interns and post graduates are aware of the ethical
aspects and medicolegal issues in their practice but lacked the finer details in them. However
definite steps are needed to improve the overall knowledge and awareness on healthcare ethics and
its implications in young medical professionals.