Awareness, Knowledge and Attitude Towards Medical Ethics among Medical Students - A Questionnaire based Study
Keywords:Medical Ethics, Medical Students, CBME curriculum, AETCOM
Introduction: Ethics is concerned with moral principles for the members of the medical profession in their
dealings with each other, their patients and the State. A physician must uphold dignity and honour of his
profession. He must render service to humanity and should maintain good medical practices. A physician
must provide highest quality assurance in patient care. Duties of physician towards sick include obligation
to sick, must be patient while treating them. Its an era of litigation against medical professionals. Awareness,
Knowledge of medical ethics during MBBS phase is need of the hour to prevent these.
Aims & Objectives: • The study aims to assess Awareness, Knowledge and Attitude towards medical ethics
among medical students in a teaching hospital.
• To suggest and implement necessary changes in the medical curriculum like AETCOM module to train
them & to focus on ethical practices.
Materials and Methods: A Prospective, cross sectional questionnaire-based study was carried out among
medical students of Saveetha Medical College hospital, Chennai. The Medical Students from Phase II &
Phase III MBBS were approached and the questionnaires were sent to about 250 medical students, out of
which 216 responses were recorded & included in the study. Received responses/results were tabulated and
statistically analysed, depicted in observations.
Conclusion: There are no potential risks in the study. Study helps to identify the amount of awareness of
medical ethics among medical students and also to stress on the need for awareness programs on medical
ethics. The medical students may not have sufficient knowledge towards medical ethics, need much training
among medical students through Value added courses on Ethics and AETCOM module of CBME curriculum
in future throughout the curriculum.
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