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Acta Medica Medianae
Vol. 52, No 3, September, 2013

UDK 61
ISSN 0365-4478(Printed version)
ISSN 1821-2794(Online)


Correspondence to:

Sunčica Ivanović

High Medical School of Professional Studies

Lole Ribara 1/2, 35230 Ćuprija Email: suncica.ivanovic@yahoo.com

Review article                                                                                          

UDC: 614.253



Medical law and ethics


Sunčica Ivanović1, Čedomirka Stanojević1, Slađana Jajić2,

Ana Vila3, Svetlana Nikolić4



High Medical School of Professional Studies, Ćuprija, Serbia1

Health Center in Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia2

Home for Children and Youth with Developmental Disabilities Veternik, Novi Sad, Serbia3

Department of Student Health, Novi Sad, Serbia4



The subject of interest in this article is the importance of knowing and connecting medical ethics and medical law for the category of health workers.

The author believes  that knowledge of  bioethics which  as a discipline  deals with the study of ethical issues and health care law as a legal discipline, as well as  medical activity in general, result in the awareness of health professionals of human rights, and since the performance of activities of health workers is almost always linked to the question of life and death, then the lack of knowledge  of basic legal acts would not be justified at all.

The aim of the paper was to present the importance of medical ethics and medical law among the medical staff.

A retrospective analysis of the medical literature available on the indexed base KOBSON for the period 2005-2010 was applied. Analysis of all work leads to the conclusion that the balance between ethical principles and knowledge of medical law, trust and cooperation between the two sides that appear over health care can be considered a goal that every health care worker should strive for.

This study supports the attitude that lack of knowledge and non-compliance with the ethical principles and  medical law when put together can only harm  the health care worker.  In a way, this is the message to health care professionals that there is a need for the adoption of ethical principles and knowledge of medical law, because the most important position of all health workers  is their dedication to the patient as a primary objective and the starting point of ethics. Acta Medica Medianae 2013;52(3):67-72.


      Key words: bioethics, principles, medical law, health care