Physiotherapy Students Willingness To Report Misconduct To Protect The Patient’s Interests In Chennai
Keywords:Ethics, Students, Physiotherapy, Misconduct, Ethical dilemma
Backgroung: Applying the ethics in practice is more essential than just learning it. Any sought of misconduct
to the patient is not just an ethical issue but it will also degrade the professionalism and it brings a sense of
insecurity in patients and this will slow down the progress of treatment. So it is not only important to avoid
the ethical issues and misconduct but it is also necessary to stand against ethical issues that happen within the
organization that may done by colleagues or higher authorities without any dilemma. Objective: This study
aims to find out the difficulties and dilemmas of the physiotherapist in ethical decision making and disclosing
the misconduct of their colleagues without any hesitation. Methodology: A close ended questionnaire was
used to assess the willingness of the student physiotherapist to expose the misconduct which might be
an internal or external disclosure. The questionnaire consisted of two clinical scenarios which were most
likely to arise in a work place. Each scenario consisted of 5 questions that rated the severity, likelihood of
confronting, internal disclosure, external disclosure to the association and external disclosure to media. The
scoring was based on five point likert scale. It was a study that was done with convenient sampling method.
The questionnaire was given to 100 Physiotherapy students in Chennai of both the sexes who were willing
to participate in the study. Result: From the statistical analysis, there is a significant difference obtained for
the likelihood of reporting the manager’s misconduct than colleague’s misconduct. Also their willingness
to report internally within the organization is greater than that of reporting externally to the association
and to the media. Conclusion: Ethics being a part of Physiotherapy curriculum, these students have well
understood the ethical and professional behavior and have good ethical acceptance. Hence we conclude that
the students do understand the seriousness of any misconduct of a therapist to the patient and are willing to
expose any misconduct they encounter to the internal or external environment.
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