Approach to cadaver used in anatomy education, dead body confidentiality and ethics II: Uluda¤ University Faculty of Medicine Students' opinions

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Babacan S., Erer Kafa S., Kafa İ. M.

18. Ulusal Anatomi Kongresi, Bolu, Turkey, 25 - 27 September 2017, vol.11, pp.97-98

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • Volume: 11
  • City: Bolu
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.97-98
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: Value of cadaver for medical education; to learn structures belonging to human body and to work on anatomical formations by touching human body. It is important for the students to be sensitive on approaching towards cadavers and respect their privacy. The aim of the study is evaluating the opinions of the students attending Medicine Faculty of Uludağ University, on ethical point and raise the awareness among the students about approaching to cadaver and dead body privacy.

Methods: Our study was formed of students attending Medicine Faculty of Uludağ University. A questionnaire, consisting of 23 questions prepared by the researchers and approved by Uludağ University Medical Faculty Clinical Research Ethics Committee Decision (04.07.2017-2017-10/34), was used. The form has been made accessible on internet with the link address, the address was shared by participants. results of the questionnaires were taken from the system at the link address.

Results: 550 students participated to the study. 88.4% of participant expressed positive opinion and 5.3% of participants reported negative opinion, for the question of “although cadaver is a lifeless, you should respect its privacy”. 90.4% strongly agree or disagree with the article “memories of cadavers can be shared in social media”, 8.2% absolutely disagree or disagree.

Conclusion: The fact that the participants did not respond positively to questions about cadaver privacy and about sharing images in social media (11.6%, 9.6%, respectively) suggests that awareness on these issues should be increased.