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Table 4 Core professional values related to the ethics of occupational medicine

From: Perception of and attitude toward ethical issues among Korean occupational physicians

Professional value All subjects Specialist Resident   
Specialist Resident >10 years ≤10 years a 3rd & 4th-year 1st & 2nd-year Total Kim’s Total [10]
(N = 79) (N = 71) (N = 35) (N = 44) (N = 30) (N = 41) (N = 150) (N = 107)
n(%) n(%) n(%) n(%) n(%) n(%) n(%) n(%)
Consideration of worker’s health and safety 25 (31.6) 14 (19.7) 10 (28.6) 15 (34.1) 7 (23.2) 7 (17.1) 39 (26.0) 22 (20.6)
Neutrality 12 (15.2) 25 (35.2) 8 (22.9) 4 (9.1) 11 (36.7) 14 (34.1) 37 (24.7) 35 (32.7)
Efforts to maintain expertise 17 (21.5) 13 (18.3) 6 (17.1) 11 (25.0) 6 (20.0) 7 (17.1) 30 (20.0) 26 (24.3)
Maintenance of professional independence 14 (17.7) 7 (9.9) 5 (14.4) 9 (20.4) 2 (6.7) 5 (12.2) 21 (14.0) 11 (10.3)
Confidentiality 4 (5.1) 8 (11.3) 3 (8.6) 1 (2.3) 2 (6.7) 6 (14.6) 12 (8.0) 3 (2.8)
No discriminative attitude for individual worker 3 (3.8) 2 (2.8) 1 (2.8) 2 (4.5) 0 (0) 2 (4.9) 5 (3.3) 1 (0.9)
Efforts to understand and improve a harmful environment in the workplace 2 (2.5) 2 (2.8) 1 (2.8) 1 (2.3) 2 (6.7) 0 (0) 4 (2.8) 6 (5.6)
Heath education to improve an occupational hazard and worker’s bad heath habits 1 (1.3) 0 (0) 1 (2.8) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 1 (0.6) 0 (0)
Worker’s complete understanding and consent during a medical examination or the investigation of a work environment 1 (1.3) 0 (0) 0 (0) 1 (2.3) 0 (0) 0 (0) 1 (0.6) 3 (2.8)
Maintenance of cooperative relationship with a health administrator in the company 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
  1. a One specialist with ≤10 years’ experience did not respond and was excluded from the analysis