Designing a Professional Ethics Model for Doctors: The Delphi Model

Yafteh. 2018;20(2):62-75


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Journal Title: Yafteh

ISSN: 1563-0773 (Print)

Publisher: Lorestan University of Medical Science

LCC Subject Category: Medicine: Medicine (General)

Country of publisher: Iran, Islamic Republic of

Language of fulltext: Persian

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SHirin Ghazi ( University of Medical Sciences, Khorramabad, Iran )
Hossein Mehrdad ( Khorramabad Branch, Iran )
Mehri Daeaee ( Khorramabad Branch, Iran )


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Time From Submission to Publication: 14 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

Background : Medical professional ethics is a structured discipline to address ethical issues and provide appropriate medical solutions. The purpose of this study was to design a professional ethics model for physicians. Finding effective components in professional ethics was carried out with a qualitative approach, in which there was no predetermined framework, such as a theory or model, and this framework was designed based on aggregated data. Materials and Methods: To do this research, firstly, through the study of previous research, a relatively comprehensive understanding of the literature in this field was obtained. And on this basis, a preliminary list of human resource factors influencing the components of professional ethics with the Delphi method was completed and finalized. For this purpose, 14 professional ethics experts were selected as an expert group using non-instantial sampling and a combination of targeted or judgmental and sequential methods. Results: The findings were analyzed using qualitative research methods and the Delphi model.  The findings of this study reveal 11 key components, namely, conscientiousness, professional excellence, integrity and dignity, respect for others, friendship, commitment to social justice, time management, emotional intelligence, secrecy, moral knowledge and ethical sensitivity. Among these components, the importance of time management components, emotional intelligence, ethical knowledge and moral sensitivity were revealed in this research. A new index was added to the privacy component, concerning the e-mailing of patient records. Conclusion: The results of this study can be a useful model for the Ministry of Health and other institutions where professional ethics are part of their mandate.