Perceptions and practices of nursing professionals towards healthcare ethics: A pilot study from coastal South India

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Abstract

Ethical and legal expectations are associated with the standard practices of healthcare professionals. The present research was carried out to study the perceptions and practices of nursing professionals towards healthcare ethics in hospitals of a medical institution in coastal South India. The study participants were administered a semi-structured questionnaire about their perception and practices of healthcare ethics. The responses of the participants were collected on a five point Likert scale. The data was analysed using SPSS version 11.5. The median age and experience of the study participants was 29 years and 5.5 years respectively. Awareness levels were observed to be particularly higher for consent related issues and lower for the issues relating to confidentiality and treatment in emergency conditions. In the present research a large number of the participants felt that besides providing standard healthcare, ethical conduct is important to avoid legal as well as disciplinary actions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1496-1500
Number of pages5
JournalResearch Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences
Volume6
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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