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How much the act of secrecy is done by medical staff? A descriptive cross-sectional survey in south of Iran

Zabetian, H. and Deylami, M. and Sharifian, A.H. and Zarei, S. (2015) How much the act of secrecy is done by medical staff? A descriptive cross-sectional survey in south of Iran. Biomedical and Pharmacology Journal, 8 (2). pp. 831-836.

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Abstract

Some information may be gathered during the medical procedures, including medical records or personal information. Many of them can be considered as secrets. The medical staff has the duty of privacy, which means keeping the secrets away from a third party. Hippocratic Oath accepts no exceptions but modern ethical express the situations in which the disclosure of secrets is allowed, legal, or even necessary. The present study is about to evaluate the act of secrecy in medical staff of the tertiary health care centers affiliated with Jahrom University of Medical Sciences in south of Iran. This cross sectional study is done on 204 members of medical staff of 8 different wards in tertiary health care centers affiliated with Jahrom University of Medical Sciences in south of Iran, using a questionnaire of 31 questions in 5 major categories adding to a data sheet for demographic information (age, gender, ward). Validity and reliability of the questionnaire was proved by previous studies. Collected data analyzed by dependent T-test, Fisher's exact and SPSS.17 using descriptive and deductive statistics. The mean rate of secrecy was 3.82± 0.75. Respecting others in the category of "goals of secrecy" earned 4.48, common medical services in the category of "reasons for disclosure" earned 3.89, damage to the patient in the category of "legal reasons for disclosure" earned 4.05, patient's rights in "personal reasons for secrecy" earned 4.07, and informing the medical managers in "proper way to confront the offenders" with the score 2.85 were the highest scores of each category. The variant Ages (p=0.003) and wards (p=0.03) showed significant differences in the secrecy. Results show that the medical staff is not familiar enough to the legal and ethical indications of secrecy, so holding in-service courses may be effective.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: clinical study; cross-sectional study; data analysis software; female; gender; human; instrument validation; male; manager; medical ethics; medical service; medical staff; medicine; offender; questionnaire; reliability; statistics; Student t test; tertiary health care; university; validity
Subjects: مقالات نمایه شده محققین دانشگاه در سایت ,Web of Science ,Scopus
Divisions: معاونت تحقیقات و فناوری
Depositing User: GOUMS
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2016 06:57
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2017 19:06
URI: http://eprints.goums.ac.ir/id/eprint/4756

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