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VOLUME 15 , ISSUE 2 ( March-April, 2014 ) > List of Articles

RESEARCH ARTICLE

Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice of Healthcare Ethics and Law among Dental Graduates at the RV Dental College, Bengaluru

MN Praveen, MG Jayachandra, Kirankumar B Dhanappa, Ramakrishna Ravi, Prashanth Deshpande, Sharaschandra M Biradar

Citation Information : Praveen M, Jayachandra M, Dhanappa KB, Ravi R, Deshpande P, Biradar SM. Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice of Healthcare Ethics and Law among Dental Graduates at the RV Dental College, Bengaluru. J Contemp Dent Pract 2014; 15 (2):223-228.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-1519

Published Online: 01-04-2014

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2014; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Objective

To assess knowledge, attitudes and practices among the dental graduate in relation to healthcare ethics and law.

Materials and methods

A cross-sectional study design was employed using a self-administered questionnaire. A 15 item questionnaire about law and ethics was devised; tested and made available to all levels of gradates including teaching staff, postgraduates and intern at dental college in Bengaluru. A total of 116 graduates participated, with a response rate of 96.5% (n = 112).

Results

Seventy-six percent of the participants said that they are legally bound to treat all the patients who approach them for the treatment. Nearly 32% of the participants have mentioned the various other reasons for the rejection apart from the reason like HIV+, poor patients and patients with the contagious disease.

Conclusion

The study points to the need for appropriate training among graduates including the professional staffs and other graduates, and to devise means to sensitize them to issues of law and ethics in the workplace.

How to cite this article

Dhanappa KB, Praveen MN, Ravi R, Jayachandra MG, Deshpande P, Biradar SM. Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice of Healthcare Ethics and Law among Dental Graduates at the RV Dental College, Bengaluru. J Contemp Dent Pract 2014;15(2):223-228.


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