A study of the ethical sensitivity of physicians in Turkey

Ersoy N. , Gundogmus U.

NURSING ETHICS, vol.10, no.5, pp.472-484, 2003 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Doi Number: 10.1191/0969733003ne6290a
  • Title of Journal : NURSING ETHICS
  • Page Numbers: pp.472-484
  • Keywords: analysing a case, clinical ethics training, ethical sensitivity, moral decision making, using scenarios, Turkey, DECISION-MAKING, MEDICAL-STUDENTS, CLINICAL ETHICS, NURSES, MODEL, CARE


In order to prepare bioethics and clinical ethics courses for clinicians in Turkey, we needed to know the attitudes of physicians when placed in ethically difficult care situations. We presented four cases to 207 physicians who are members of the Physicians' Association in Kocaeli, Turkey. Depending on the decisions they made in each case, we determined whether they were aware of the ethical aspects of the cases and the principles they chose as a basis for their decisions. We aimed to gain information about their ethical tendencies and moral sensitivity.