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Residents' moral courage measured

Residency Program Insider, August 5, 2016

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Moral courage—the willingness take action on one’s ethical beliefs despite barriers—is seen as a critical influence of a physician’s commitment to act in his or her patient’s best interest. Despite its importance, very little research has been done to measure moral courage in physicians. In a study recently published in Academic Medicine, researchers anonymously surveyed 352 internal medicine and surgical residents from two academic medical centers about their moral courage, empathy, and willingness to speak up about patient safety breaches. 

Based on the survey results, researchers found that religious residents weren’t more likely to act on their values than their nonreligious colleagues. Female residents were less likely to act on their moral beliefs than males. The researchers call for more research to help better understand and confirm these findings.
 
Source: Academic Medicine



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