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Residents' reluctance to question orders studied

Residency Program Insider, April 10, 2015

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A recent study published in the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia found that medical residents were reluctant to challenge physicians’ orders even when they are wrong.
 
In a simulation scenario, 49 anesthesia residents from the University of Ottawa and Queen’s University in Kingston were ordered by a supervising anesthesiologist to administer blood to a patient. However, the patient was a Jehovah’s Witness and explicitly asked not to receive blood. None of the residents questioned the orders. Several residents told the researchers that fear and intimidation prevented them from questioning the order.
 
Source: National Post

 



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