Medical researchers have explained that communication lapses, the lack of regard for the dignity of patients and conflicts of interest among doctors constituted the most common drawbacks on the part of local doctors in relation to professionalism and patient-welfare.
Research was conducted recently by the head of the Department of Medical Education of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Kelaniya, Senior Lecturer Dr. Madawa Chandratilake, into the definitions and the conceptualization of professionalism and cultural differences in interpreting professionalism. It had revealed some of the salient points regarding the matter.
Dr. Chandratilake recently delivered an oration on the topic of professionalism in medicine: the transition of a movable feast and its implications for clinical and educational practices.
“Such lapses have implications on medical students and trainees” Dr. Chandratilake said.
He noted that appropriate communication between doctors and patients and healthcare staff was a common lapse while adding that such issues concerned doctors not informing patients of the diagnosis, what is taking place in their bodies and what is to take place in their bodies.
“Patient dignity is another area of concern. Conflicts of interest involve commercial interests,” he further added. RLJ