Talking about cases in bioethics: The effect of an intensive course on health care professionals

Janet I. Malek, Gail Geller, Jeremy Sugarman

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Abstract

Educational efforts in bioethics are prevalent, but little is known about their efficacy. Although previous work indicates that courses in bioethics have a demonstrable effect on medical students, it has not examined their effect on health care professionals. In this report, we describe a study designed to investigate the effect of bioethics education on health care professionals. At the Intensive Bioethics Course, a six-day course held annually at Georgetown University, we administered a questionnaire requiring open-ended responses to vignettes both before and after the course. Following the course, respondents defended their responses more carefully and articulated their thoughts more clearly. In addition, after the course respondents seemed to have a more subtle understanding of the relevant issues in the cases and applied theory to these cases more frequently. These findings help to formulate an understanding of the effect of bioethics education on health care professionals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-136
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of medical ethics
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

Keywords

  • Bioethics education
  • Health care professionals
  • Questionnaire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health(social science)
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Health Policy

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