Awareness among Intern Doctors Regarding Privacy and Confidentiality in Medical Practice
Keywords:Privacy, Confidentiality, Professional secrecy, Medical practice, Awareness, Intern doctors.
Background: Privacy and confidentiality in medical care are deeply rooted in core professional ethical
standards across a variety of health professions. Present project aimed to study perceptions of intern doctors
regarding privacy and confidentiality in medical practice.
Materials and methods: Total 100 intern doctors of GMERS Medical College, Valsad, Gujarat were
subjected to pre-tested and pre-validated Likert scale type questionnaire regarding knowledge and awareness
of privacy and confidentiality in medical practice after obtaining their informed written consent. Data
obtained were analyzed via median score and tabulated.
Results: Out of 100 respondents, 58 were male and 42 were female. Knowledge and awareness regarding
many of the facts related to privacy and confidentiality of medical practice found to be satisfactorily with
median score of more than 3. Professional secrecy is implied term of contract between doctor and patient,
patient can sue the doctor for damages if disclosure is done without his consent and harm him and not in
the interest of public, etc. showed median score of 3. Disclosure to parents without consent in case of major
and breach of professional secrecy is professional misconduct of doctor showed median score less than 3.
Conclusion: Intern doctors had little knowledge regarding disclosure to parents without consent in case
of major and breach of professional secrecy is professional misconduct of doctor. Intern doctors were not
sure about Professional secrecy is implied term of contract between doctor and patient and patient can sue
the doctor for damages if disclosure is done without his consent and harm him and not in the interest of
public. Knowledge and awareness regarding rest of the facts related to privacy and confidentiality of medical
practice found to be satisfactorily among intern doctors.
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