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ERIC Number: EJ1157431
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Improving the Curriculum with Ethics: Gaps between Perceived Ethical Challenges of Practitioners and Educators
Dolezel, Diane M.; Morrison, Eileen E.
Journal of Curriculum and Teaching, v6 n1 p45-57 2017
Health information management (HIM) professionals must address ethical challenges in their role as guardians of patients' personal information and organizations' proprietary information. Because of this need, HIM educators strive prepare their students to address these challenges. Unfortunately, little evidence exists about specific areas of applied ethics that should be part of the HIM curriculum. The purpose of this exploratory study was to determine the ethical issues relevant to the current practice in Health Information Management. In particular, the study aimed to determine if the perceptions of HIM educators and practitioners regarding HIM workplace ethical issues were consistent, and to identify gaps in perceptions. The researchers distributed a survey to HIM educators and HIM practitioners, 12 educators and 25 practitioners completed their surveys. Thematic content analysis indicated a divergence of themes among these groups. Overall, educators' responses reflected general knowledge areas whereas practitioners' comments were more specific in terms of ethics concerns. The study findings indicated a gap in perceptions signalling a need for increased communication regarding applied ethics in HIM practice so that curriculums could reflect both theory and application.
Descriptors: Information Management, Ethics, Curriculum Development, Health Education, Health Services, Surveys, Allied Health Occupations Education, Allied Health Occupations, Content Analysis, Statistical Analysis, Higher Education
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