Assessment of moral competence of physicians

Mariela Agurto, Daniel Telloa, Alfredo Elgueta, Ricardo Larrea, Tamara Minaeff, Alejandro Miranda, Ezio Parodi, Juan M. Salas, Antonio Vukusich, Semiramis Llanos, Pamela Daza, Sebastián López

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All rights reserved. Background: Moral competence (MC) in physicians is fundamental, given the increasing complexity of medicine. The “Moral Competence Test” (MCT © Lind) evaluates this feature and its indicator is the C Index (CI). Aim: To explore moral competence and its associated factors among physicians working in Chile. Material and Methods: The MCT was answered by 236 physicians from two medical centers who voluntarily participated in the study. Besides the test, participants completed an encrypted form giving information about gender, years in practice and post-graduate studies. Results: The average CI value of the participants was 20,9. Post-graduate studies had a significant positive influence on CI. There was a significant decrease in CI, between 16 and 20 years of professional exercise. Gender and the area of post-graduate studies did not have a significant influence. Conclusions: The studied physicians showed a wide range of CI which was positively affected by the postgraduate studies performed. The years of professional practice had a negative influence. Expanding training opportunities during professional practice could have a positive effect on CM as measured by CI.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1122-1128
Number of pages7
JournalRevista Medica de Chile
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Clinical
  • Ethics
  • Moral development
  • Retrospective moral judgment

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