Ethical and Professional Issues Training for Students and Staff of Laboratory Medicine

Zahedi Avval, Farnaz and Ghazvini, Kiarash and Youssefi, Masoud (2014) Ethical and Professional Issues Training for Students and Staff of Laboratory Medicine. Future of Medical Education Journal, 4 (1). pp. 13-16.

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Background : Medical Laboratory plays a critical role in maintaining and promoting health. Increasing wide applications of laboratory medicine in clinical practice have highlighted specific topics in the areas of social, professional and ethical issues in the laboratory. Despite the important role of clinical lab in health system, ethical issues have been rarely discussed for clinical labs. Considering the need to provide efficient training program for students, this study was designed and conducted to assess the views of laboratory science educators about offering a professional ethical course in laboratory science curriculum. Methods: The study population was 28 laboratory science educators at Mashhad University of Medical Sciences. A questionnaire was designed to assess instructors' views about the importance, quantity, quality, and the need to provide a professional ethical course for medical laboratory students. Results: The majority of respondents (82.15) evaluated the importance of offering an ethical course for laboratory medicine to be at a very high level. Most educators (75) believed that good clinical laboratory practice is extremely related to moral issues. Many lecturers (85.7) completely agreed with the addition of professional ethical course for laboratory science students. Respondents (89.3), also, believed that the educating professional ethical issues to medical lab students will enhance service quality and performance of the future laboratories. In addition, most professors suggested offering two credit points to cover such issues for the students (85.7). Conclusion: We recommend offering a separate course in laboratory science curriculum to cover the clinical ethical issues, such as modality of taking samples, interaction with patients, the way of giving information about genetic tests, viral and malignancies, the way of storing data and access to medical records, the diagnosis of infertility, prenatal diagnosis, legal issues in poisonings, and the way of interacting with the doctor and medical private issues.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: W General medicine- Health professions
Divisions: Journals > Future Medical Education J
Depositing User: fmej fmej
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 17:10
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