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AMORIM, Adriana Gomes  and  SOUZA, Elizabethe Cristina Fagundes de. Ethical problems experienced by dentists: dealing with bioethics to wide the view on the daily professional practice. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.3, pp.869-878. ISSN 1678-4561.

Bioethics strives for humanization in health services along with promoting the rights of patients. In view of the lack of dental research dealing with this topic, the present study was undertaken to identify, from the viewpoint of dental surgeons, ethical problems experienced in dental practice. It is a descriptive exploratory investigation within a qualitative approach. Empirical material was collected through semi-structured interviews performed with 15 dental surgeons in the state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. The results indicate that many of the ethical problems coincide with infringements of the norms and rules of the Dental Code of Ethics, confirming a dental ethic acquired during professional formation and therefore, inadequate for solving the problems that emerge in professional practice. We concluded that the ethical problems identified in professional practice need to be understood beyond the dental dimension, towards a human approach. It is therefore necessary to incorporate health care management technologies into health practices which imply recognizing the different dimensions that surround individuals and their health needs.

Keywords : Bioethics; Dentistry; Professional practice; Professional formation.

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