Approach to cadaver used in anatomy education, dead body confidentiality and ethics I: opinions of anatomy academicians

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Babacan S., Kafa İ. M., Erer Kafa S.

18. Ulusal Anatomi Kongresi, Bolu, Turkey, 25 - 27 September 2017, vol.11, pp.97

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • Volume: 11
  • City: Bolu
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.97
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: Purpose of the current study, to evaluate the opinions on sharing cadaver images on social media, in terms of dead body confidentiality and medical ethics by getting opinions of anatomy academicians.

Methods: The study involved only anatomy academicians. A questionnaire, of 23 questions was prepared and approved by Uludağ University Medical Faculty Clinical Research Ethics Committee (04.07.2017–2017-10/33). The form was made accessible on internet with the link address https://goo.

gl/forms/dPbqVgoQDWpD9vDr1 Frequency distributions of the answers given to the questionnaires were taken from the system at the link address.

Results: In current study, 86 volunteers from 28 universities participated. 68.9% of the participants stated that they have been educated in ethics during undergraduate/graduate education. 97.6% of the participants reported a positive opinion and 2.4% had a negative opinion on “Human is a precious being. For this reason, the human body should be esteemed and respected when the person is alive and after its death”. 93% of the participants reported that they’re strongly agree and agree, 5.8% answered undecided and 1.2% do not agree to the question of “Sharing the images taken with cadaver on social media isn’t ethical.”

Conclusion: Cadaver privacy is a value that must be protected from the supply. The anatomists’ approach to the subject also manifests itself in student education. As foreseen in the answers to the questionnaire, the right to privacy of dead bodies has come out as a value to be respected.