Awareness among Intern Doctors about Medical Records and Duty of Doctors in Tertiary Care Hospital, Valsad

Authors

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

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v14i3.10421

Keywords:

Medical records, Duty of doctors, Awareness, Intern Doctors, Valsad.

Abstract

Background:Optimum knowledge of medical records and duty of doctor is must for every doctor to enhance

safe health care delivery in an unbiased standardized way. Present study was undertaken with aim to assess

awareness of intern doctors towards medical records and duty of doctors.

Materials and methods:Present study was undertaken at Gujarat Medical Education and Research Society

(GMERS) Medical College, Valsad, Gujarat after obtaining ethical approval from the Institutional Ethical

Committee of Valsad. Total 10 questions were prepared and validated on Likert scale (1 to 5, 1 – Strongly

Disagree, 5 – Strongly Agree) regarding medical records and duty of doctors. Total 100 intern doctors of

GMERS Medical College, Valsad, Gujarat were subjected to pre-tested and pre-validated Likert scale type

questionnaire regarding medical records and duty of doctors after obtaining their informed written consent.

Data obtained were analyzed via median score and tabulated.

Results:Students were well aware about following facts like Maintenance of patients’ record is legal duty

of hospital, Every operation required informed written consent of patient, Fail to attend patient during

emergency is punishable, Patient has right to refuse treatment, and Carelessly leaving object into patient

body during operation is negligent act. Students were not sure of facts like Patients’ records are property of

patients, Refusing patient on religious ground is punishable, Not to treat patient due to HIV is punishable,

and doctor has right to choose patient. Students were not aware regarding either doctor can refuse to attend

medico-legal case or not.

Conclusion: Intern doctors had no awareness regarding duration of preservation of hospital records.

Students were not sure of various aspects of medical records and duty of doctors. Compulsory internship in

Forensic Medicine subject as well as sensitization workshop regarding medical records and duty of doctors

for interns at beginning of their internship may build confidence among them to be aware with various duties

of 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, Vadnagar, 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 about Medical Records and Duty of Doctors in Tertiary Care Hospital, Valsad. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 14(3), 540-543. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v14i3.10421