Knowledge and Performance of Professional Ethics among the Clinical Professors

  • Hasan Edalatkhah Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, Ardabil University of Medical Science, Ardabil, Iran
  • Saeid Sadeghieh Ahary Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Ardabil University of Medical Science, Ardabil, Iran
  • Masoumeh Azadkhani Medical Doctor, Digestive Disease Research Center, Ardabil University of Medical Science, Ardabil, Iran
  • Mansoureh Karimollahi Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Ardabil University of Medical Sciences, Ardabil, Iran
Keywords: Professionalism, Instructional Departments, Self Assessment, Professional Indicators


Background and Aim: Clinical professors as practical models have a significant role in teaching professional behavior to medical students. This study aimed to determine the level of awareness and observance of professional ethics in physicians of hospitals affiliated to Ardabil University of Medical Sciences.

Materials and Methods: In a descriptive cross-sectional study, 50 clinical professors working in hospitals affiliated to the Ardabil University of Medical Sciences were selected through self-assessment sampling. David Music's questionnaire was presented to professors after confirmation of validity and reliability. The collected data were analyzed using descriptive and analytical statistics using statistical software.

Findings: The average level of knowledge and ability of physicians in different departments about professional ethics indicators was excellent in 91.7%, acceptable in 8% and 0.3% in the unacceptable level and the rate of application of professional ethics indicators by physicians in the Clinical environments were considered in 90.84%, excellent, in 8.7% were acceptable and in 0.46% unacceptable.

Ethical Considerations: After obtaining permission from the University's Ethics Committee, by expressing the research objectives for the participants, oral informed consent was obtained and information collected without mentioning the name.

Conclusion: The results of this study showed that in assessing by self-assessment method, the knowledge and application of professional ethics indexes among the professors of the different departments were optimal. However, effective educational and cultural interventions are required in some areas such as leadership skills, organizational and managerial skills, and the ability to initiate and innovate in delivering treatment to different patients.


Cite this article as: Edalatkhah H, Sadeghieh Ahari S, Azadkhani M, Karimollahi M. Knowledge and Performance of Professional Ethics among the Clinical Professors. Med Ethics J 2020; 14(45): e4.


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