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Senel Eraslan B, Karadayı B, Çakı İE, Aslan N, Varlık Tokgözoğlu E, Kılıç Ç, Ozaslan A, Cetin G. Ulus. Travma Acil Cerrahi Derg. 2018; 24(5): 440-444.


Department of Forensic Medicine, İstanbul University Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul-Turkey.


(Copyright © 2018, Ulusal Travma ve Acil Cerrahi Dernegi)






BACKGROUND: The relationship between the physician and the patient is based on the provisions of the proxy agreement. The attitude of the physician and the legal and ethical responsibilities of this attitude in an event of force majeure, such as severe natural disaster (earthquake), during a risky operation should be discussed. The aim of the present study was to present the opinions of the related professions about the subject and to discuss the subject on an ethical and legal ground.

METHODS: A total of 207 volunteers including 121 physicians working at the Cerrahpasa Faculty of Medicine at Istanbul University and 86 lawyers registered at the Istanbul Bar Association completed the questionnaires. Statistical analysis of data acquired from the questionnaires was performed using SPSS 21.0.

RESULTS: Of the participants, 76.8% stated that abandoning the patient by the physician considering his/her own safety during a severe natural disaster is ethically problematic. However, 68.1% of the participants stated that physicians would not be facing any criminal sanctions in response to his/her attitude. When the answers from both occupational groups were compared separately, it was found that 26.4% of the physicians and 39.5% of the lawyers stated that the act in question has both legal and ethical liability.

CONCLUSION: In the present study, no complete consensus was observed either between or within two occupational groups. It was concluded that the meetings in which the subject is discussed and is based on a concrete ground by both occupational groups should be held.

Language: en


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