The awareness and perception about the Ethical concerns related to the Biobanks among Medical and Dental practitioners- A questionnaire based study

Mohammadi Begum Khan, Faizan Ahmed Khan, Veena Vaswani, Uma Kulkarni, Parvathy Ram Mohan


Background: The term "Biobank" has been used in different ways but one way is to define it as "an organized collection of human biological material and associated information stored for one or more research purposes". By definition, "Biobank" is a long-term storage and conservation facility for biological specimens, to support future scientific investigation. The aim of this study is to assess the awareness and perception of Biobanks, their existence, aims and objectives and the ethical concerns related to them, among the clinicians pertaining to both medical and dental specialties.

Methods: A questionnaire comprising of 31 questions of which few are purely awareness and rest are perception based is framed. The questions which were framed for the questionnaire, have few of them given direct responses as YES, NO, DON'T KNOW and the remaining of them have been graded into LIKERT'S SCALE, ranging from 1 to 5. Statistical analysis: After obtaining the response, the answers were plotted in MS-Excel sheet and analysed statistically for the Percentages, Frequencies, Chi-square and degree of Association (p>0.05= No Association) between the two fraternities responses by using SPSS 22.0 version software. The p value was set at 0.05

Result: There was found a level of association between both the groups for certain sensitive questions relating to privacy of information and ownership claims.

Conclusion: It can be concluded that the willingness to participate in sample donation, motivation for sample donation are in agreement with each other, which is worth being further investigated.


DOI: 10.21276/AABS.1400


biobanks, awareness, ethical issues, informed consent, clinical practitioners

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