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Vasegh Rahimparvar S F, Nasiriani L, Faraj Khoda T, Bahrani N. Compliance rate of midwives with the professional codes of ethics in Maternal Child Health Centers in Tehran. ijme. 2014; 7 (2) :46-56
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1- PHD candidate Department of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2- MSc Student School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran , leilanasiriani@yahoo.com
3- PHD in Reproductive Health Research Center for Nursing & Midwifery care in Family Health, Department of Midwifery, Nursing and Midwifery School, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical science, Yazd, Iran
4- Department of Statistics School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Abstract:   (4539 Views)
Ethical performance is one of the main components of offering quality care to women and mothers. The aim of this study was to assess the degree of compliance with the professional codes of ethics among the midwives employed in maternal child health centers in Tehran.This was a descriptive, cross-sectional study performed on 125 maternal child health center midwives in Tehran. Method of sampling was stratified and cluster sampling. The data collection tool consisted of a valid, reliable questionnaire including two sections: demographic information and 43 questions in 10 areas of professional ethics based on a 5-point Likert scale. Data analysis was performed by descriptive statistics via the SPSS software.The overall compliance with ethical codes among midwives was 3.866±0.522, and compliance rates in each of the 10 areas mentioned above were as follows: respect for human dignity: 3.77±0.676 observance of clients’ decision-making right: 3.62±0.58 obtaining informed consent: 3.48 ± 0.988 truth telling: 4±0.74 respect for clients’ privacy: 4.08±0.709 observance of the principles of beneficence and non-maleficence: 3.97±0.689 revealing clients’ information: 3.47±0.723 confidentiality: 3.83±0.844 fair treatment of clients: 4.14±0.802 and professional relationship with colleagues: 4.23±0.709.In order to improve the quality of midwifery services, more attention should be paid to teaching professional ethics in midwifery courses, and after extensive notification, compliance with ethical codes should be monitored.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: ethics education
Received: 2014/06/28 | Accepted: 2014/06/28 | Published: 2014/06/28

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