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A Comparative Study of Korea, America, and British Codes of Ethics for Dentists

  • Korean Journal of Medical Ethics
  • Abbr : 의료윤리
  • 2017, 20(2), pp.152-162
  • DOI : 10.35301/ksme.2017.20.2.152
  • Publisher : The Korean Society For Medical Ethics
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > General Medicine
  • Received : March 27, 2017
  • Accepted : June 5, 2017
  • Published : June 30, 2017

HEO, SoYun 1

1부산대학교 치의학전문대학원

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ABSTRACT

This article evaluates the codes of ethics for dentists in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Korea. Differences in the historical backgrounds, dental health care agendas, and social atmosphere of these three nations have given rise to different codes of ethics for dentists in these countries. In the UK, codes of ethics are bound by legislation since the health care system is run by the British government. On the other hand, codes of ethics in the US are considered to be virtues that are voluntarily drafted and implemented by autonomous organizations. In this article it is argued that codes of ethics in Korea should not merely imitate those of other countries but should rather reflect the unique circumstances of this country. Dentistry requires a team approach involving dentists, dental hygienists, and dental technicians; therefore, in order to obtain public trust in each of these professions, their common principles and values should be reflected in a comprehensive dental code of ethics. Social consultation and discussion are recommended to establish common ideas and values; furthermore, dental associations should partner with government bodies to best serve the public interest.

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