Measuring Professional Culture in a Thai Medical School Using the Dundee Barometer of Institutional Professionalism (DBIP)

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Panitee Poonpetcharat
Madawa Chandratilake
Thanaporn Daengjai


Background: Social change together with advances in technology and medical knowledge are impacting on the way doctors and health care providers work. As a consequence, there is greater interest in medical professionalism.

Objective: To conduct field test of a Thai-version of the Dundee Barometer of Institutional Professionalism (DBIP) for measuring Thai medical students’ attitude towards medical professionalism.

Methods: The originator of DBIP was asked permission to translate. The DBIP was translated into the Thai language through a cross-cultural adaptation process for content validity. The process were forward and back translation and being relevant within Thai context. A paper-based self-administered version of the Thai DBIP questionnaire was distributed to 420 clinical-year medical students (4th to 6th year) at the Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. Statistical analysis was undertaken using SPSS version 18.0 in descriptive statistics and internal consistency.

Results: The response rate was 77.6% with Cronbach’s alpha 0.96. The results indicated a positive attitude towards medical professionalism. Professional attitudes appeared to be valued more by female students than by their male counterparts and more by older students than by younger ones.

Conclusions: The result of Cronbach’s alpha indicated that the reliability of the Thai-version of the DBIP was excellent. Students had high levels of concern for professionalism. Nevertheless, medical schools should emphasise the need for continuous professional development.

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Poonpetcharat, P., Chandratilake, M., & Daengjai, T. (2018). Measuring Professional Culture in a Thai Medical School Using the Dundee Barometer of Institutional Professionalism (DBIP). Ramathibodi Medical Journal, 41(4), 81–89.
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