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Table 4 Practice of ethics

From: Knowledge, attitudes and practice of healthcare ethics and law among doctors and nurses in Barbados

Issues in practice of medical ethics Occupation Disagree Agree Chi square Cramer's V p-value
Patient's wishes must always be adhered to Physicians 43 23 4.0 0.15 p = 0.03
  Nurses 65 26    
Patient should be always informed of wrongdoing Physicians 11 68 0.23 0.09 p = 0.17
  Nurses 7 79    
Confidentiality – not important Physicians 82 1 11.2 0.26 p = 0.001
  Nurses 76 14    
Doctor should do best irrespective of patient's opinion Physicians 67 10 8.0 0.22 p = 0.004
  Nurses 61 28    
Consent only for operations – not for tests and medications Physicians 72 6 3.7 0.15 p = 0.04
  Nurses 74 16    
Close relatives should always be told about patient condition Physicians 62 17 2.6 0.12 p = 0.07
  Nurses 60 29    
Children should never be treated without consent of parent Physicians 13 70 0.78 0.07 p = 0.25
  Nurses 10 80    
Doctors & nurses should refuse to treat a violent patient Physicians 71 7 5.9 0.19 p = 0.01
  Nurses 67 20    
If law allows abortion, doctors cannot refuse to do abortion Physicians 83 3 3.2 0.13 p = 0.07
  Nurses 78 9    
If a patient wishes to die, he or she should be assisted in doing so Physicians 81 2 1.9 0.11 p = 0.15
  Nurses 80 6    
If patients refuses treatment due to beliefs, they should be instructed to find another doctor Physicians 66 11 1.4 0.09 p = 0.17
  Nurses 77 7