A field research for the determination the influence of physicians’ professionalism understanding on medical errors attitude

Yayla E. N., Karagöz N.

Cumhuriyet Üniv. Tıp Fak. Derg., vol.41, no.3, pp.484-489, 2019 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)


Objective: To determine the influence of hospital-based physicians' attitudes toward medical errors on professionalism understanding

Method: The research was carried out in a descriptive, cross-sectional, and interrogative design. The study was carried out at the Cumhuriyet University Hospital with 182 physicians. A survey form was used to collect data. The Cronbach alpha coefficient was calculated to be .809.

Results: It was found that physicians' attitudes toward professionalism (x̄ = 3.72) and their attitudes towards medical errors (x̄ = 3.46) were positive. A positive correlation of 20.8% was found between the Professional Process sub-dimension and the Medical Error Perception sub-dimension. In the sub-dimension of professionalism, the score of the group of 41-50 age group was 21.52, while the score of the age group of 60 years and over was 25,40 (p <0,05).

Conclusions: It has emerged that the physician's understanding of professionalism is not effective on attitudes in medical errors.