Awareness among Intern Doctors about Medical Records and Duty of Doctors in Tertiary Care Hospital, Valsad
Keywords:Medical records, Duty of doctors, Awareness, Intern Doctors, Valsad.
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
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