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Knowledge, attitudes and current practices of intern medical officers in Colombo District regarding legal importance of medical records

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R. S. Kodithuwakku,

University of Sri Jayewardenepura, LK
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Faculty of Medical Sciences
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P. B. D. A. L. Nanayakkara,

University of Sri Jayewardenepura, LK
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Faculty of Medical Sciences
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I. S. Pallemulle,

University of Sri Jayewardenepura, LK
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Faculty of Medical Sciences
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Tharushi A. B. Ranasinghe ,

University of Sri Jayewardenepura, LK
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Faculty of Medical Sciences
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P. T. K. Ranasinghe,

University of Sri Jayewardenepura, LK
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Faculty of Medical Sciences
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Shamini Prathapan,

University of Sri Jayewardenepura, LK
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Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences
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Sanjaya R. Hulathduwa

University of Sri Jayewardenepura, LK
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Department of Forensic medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences
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Abstract

Background: The importance of knowledge, attitude and practice of medical personnel in medico-legal aspect of healthcare has been raised with the development of health care system in Sri Lanka.

 

Objective: To determine knowledge, attitude and current practices among interns in maintaining legally important medical records at selected hospitals of Colombo district.

 

Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted among IMOs of two teaching hospitals (TH1 and TH2) and a Base hospital (BH) in Colombo district, Sri Lanka. A self-administered questionnaire was used to assess the knowledge, attitude and current practice and  marks were given and categorized as either poor (less than 50%) or good (more than and equal to 50%). The Study was carried out among all the 81 IMOs of the selected hospitals. 

 

Results:  The BH had the highest percentage (69%) of IMOs with good knowledge whereas TH1 had 42% and TH2 had 47%. However, there were no statistically significant differences seen among the three hospitals (p= 0.238). Majority (82%) of all the IMOs had good attitudes and best attitudes were seen among the IMOs of TH2 (94%). Out of all the IMOs, 64% had good practice. Mean values related to knowledge were compared and the graduates from the 4thUniversity had the highest percentage in terms of knowledge (85%), attitude (82%), current practice (15%) and overall performance (47%) as well.

 

Conclusions: There is good knowledge regarding legally important medical documents among IMOs with a good overall performance regarding legally important medical documents.
How to Cite: Kodithuwakku, R.S., Nanayakkara, P.B.D.A.L., Pallemulle, I.S., Ranasinghe, T.A.B., Ranasinghe, P.T.K., Prathapan, S. and Hulathduwa, S.R., 2019. Knowledge, attitudes and current practices of intern medical officers in Colombo District regarding legal importance of medical records. Medico-Legal Journal of Sri Lanka, 7(1), pp.1–7. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/mljsl.v7i1.7387
Published on 26 Jun 2019.
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