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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 61-63

A study to assess patient’s perspective of health-care ethical challenges in a dental health-care setting


Department of Public Health Dentistry, Jaipur Dental College and Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Dr. Kirti Vats
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Jaipur Dental College and Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/INJO.INJO_21_22

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Introduction: Ethical practice in health care is defined as consisting of informed consent, respect for integrity, and patient autonomy. Ethical practice in health care is defined as consisting of informed consent, respect for integrity, and patient’s autonomy. In the past few years, there has been an increase in the number of disputes ranging from inadequate and inappropriate treatments to serious problems of medical malpractice and negligence. There is thus a growing need to identify whether or not patients are satisfied with services provided and which ethical challenges, if any, patients value most in a health-care setting. This is not only to elevate the quality of treatment but also to potentially avoid unnecessary legal complications. Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the opinion of patients at a dental hospital about some commonly encountered ethical challenges and to investigate the ethical challenges which patients feel most important to them. Materials and Methods: A total of 100 participants were recruited for this cross-sectional study among patients who have visited the dental hospital more than twice. Each participant completed a self-administered questionnaire on some common ethical challenges. The results were considered as statistically significant when P < 0.05. Results: Approximately 79% of the participants felt that doctors were competent in completing procedure in the time frame, and 84% felt that doctors followed the personal hygiene protocol. Only 47% of the participants felt that doctors accommodated missed appointments/lateness. Conclusion: Participants were satisfied with a majority of the clinical services provided. The majority of the patients considered doctor competence and infection control as important issues. There is, however, a general lack of awareness regarding ethical issues in the dental field.


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