Awareness among Intern Doctors Regarding Privacy and Confidentiality in Medical Practice

Authors

  • Pragnesh Parmar1 , Swapnil Patond2 , Gunvanti Rathod3 , Sudhir Ninave4

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v14i3.10420

Keywords:

Privacy, Confidentiality, Professional secrecy, Medical practice, Awareness, Intern doctors.

Abstract

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.

Author Biography

Pragnesh Parmar1 , Swapnil Patond2 , Gunvanti Rathod3 , Sudhir Ninave4

1 Professor and Head, Department of Forensic Medicine, GMERS Medical College, Vadnagar, Gujarat, India, 2

Associate Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Datta Meghe Institute

of Medical Sciences, Wardha, Maharashtra, India, 3Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, GMERS

Medical College, Sola, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, 4Professor and Head, Department of Forensic Medicine,

Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, Maharashtra, India

Published

2020-07-30

How to Cite

Pragnesh Parmar1 , Swapnil Patond2 , Gunvanti Rathod3 , Sudhir Ninave4. (2020). Awareness among Intern Doctors Regarding Privacy and Confidentiality in Medical Practice. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 14(3), 534-539. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v14i3.10420