Ethics and communication: does students' comfort addressing: ethical issues vary by specialty team?

S. L. Clever, K. A. Edwards, C. Feudtner, C. H. Braddock

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Abstract

Ethics education aims to train physicians to identify and resolve ethical issues. To address ethical concerns, physicians may need to confront each other. We surveyed medical students to determine if their comfort challenging members of their ward teams about ethical issues varies by specialty and what attributes of students and their teams contributed to that comfort. Compared to other specialties, students felt significantly less comfortable challenging team members about ethical issues on surgery and obstetrics/gynecology. We suggest that ethics education must address the atmosphere on ward teams and give students skills to help them speak out despite their discomfort.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)559-563
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of general internal medicine : official journal of the Society for Research and Education in Primary Care Internal Medicine
Volume16
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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