Questionnaire Based Survey on Medicolegal Autopsy among Medical Students in Sikkim
Keywords:Knowledge; attitude; perception, Survey; medicolegal autopsy.
Background: Contemplating the curriculum of an Indian Medical Undergraduate, demonstration of autopsy
is still considered to be the cornerstone in Forensic Medicine. Medicolegal autopsy has always been perceived
negatively by the public either due to their religious beliefs or due to their preconceived notions or fear. Considering
these prejudices, a study was undertaken not only to assess the knowledge, attitude & perception of a medical
undergraduate but also to understand the reflection of these societal stigma on a medical student.
Material and Methods: A cross sectional survey was done on 200 medical students pursuing medicine in SMIMS,
Gangtok, Sikkim who participated voluntarily in the study wherein structured questionnaire in google form was
distributed through google link validated through their mail i.d. & registration number.
Results: Out of 191 medical students, the number of students were predominantly females with the ratio of 1:1.30
(M: F). 87.96% of the students knew that the medicolegal autopsy is done in all sudden, suspicious & unexpected
death. 90.05% strongly affirmed that the medicolegal autopsy ascertains the cause of death. The spectrum of ease
with which the students watched the autopsy was almost along the same wavelength, 27.75% students were
comfortable, 25.13% were uncomfortable, 17.80% were indifferent while 29.32% were not yet exposed (due to
online teaching). Majority of students (93.72%) are interested in watching watch more of postmortem examination.
Conclusions: The attitude of the students were optimistic towards autopsy & awareness among the participants
was found to be acceptable. However, there were still a lot of grey areas that needed to be addressed.
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