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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 44-50

Awareness of medico-legal issues among medical and dental college health professionals

1 Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sri Ramakrishna Dental College And Hospital, Coimbatore, India
2 Professor, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College, Chennai, India
3 Professor and Head, Department of Public Health Dentistry, K. D. Dental College & Hospital, Mathura, India

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V Chandrasekhara Reddy
Professor, Department ofPublic Health Dentistry, MeenakshiAmmal Dental College, Alapakkam main road, Maduravoyal, Chennai -95
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Introduction: The changing doctor-patient relationship and commercialization of modem medical practice has affected the practice of medicine. The fundamental values of medicine insist that the doctors should be aware about the various medico-legal issues which help in proper recording of medical management details. Aim: To evaluate the knowledge on Medico-legal Issues among Medical and Dental College Health Professionals of Meenakshi University (MAHER), Tamilnadu. Materials & Method: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among health professionals of Meenakshi University (MAHER), Tamilnadu. A total o f320 health professionals (163 medical and 157 dental) participated in the study. A structured, closed ended, self-administered questionnaire was used for collection of data. Chi-square test was used to compare the awareness of medico-legal issues between medical and dental health professionals. Results: Among the 320 health professionals, 87.4% of medical and 76.1% of dental professionals were aware about the informed consent, 18.8% of medical and 5.7% of dental professionals had awareness about COPRA and only 14.3% of medical and 7.6% of dental professionals had awareness regarding the Medico-legal programs/courses. Conclusions: The results illustrated that the participants had little awareness on medico-legal issues. Hence there is an urgent need to update the understanding of these issues to be on a legally safer side.

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