David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Medical Ethics 39 (1):22-26 (2013)
Introduction Outbreaks of serious communicable infectious diseases remain a major global medical problem and force healthcare workers to make hard choices with limited information, resources and time. While information regarding physicians’ opinions about such dilemmas is available, research discussing students’ opinions is more limited. Methods Medical students were surveyed about their willingness to perform medical procedures on patients with communicable diseases as students and as physicians. Students were asked about their opinions regarding the duty to treat in such cases. Results 74% of respondents felt that by deciding to enter medical school they were morally obliged to treat any patient despite the risks. Students’ willingness to treat as physicians is significantly higher than their willingness to treat as students. HIV was significantly the most tolerated disease with respect to performing mouth to mouth resuscitation. Among preclinical students, we found that willingness to treat during the later years is significantly greater than during the earlier years. Among clinical students, the opposite was observed. Discussion Students’ greater willingness to treat as physicians is mostly attributed to perceptions of higher obligations as a qualified doctor. There is greater but not total willingness to perform resuscitation on patients with HIV relative to other diseases. The increased willingness of preclinical students and the decreased willingness of clinical students both emphasise the importance of patient–physician communication and ethics studies during medical school
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
B. O. Rump & F. Woonink (2012). Ethical Questions Concerning the Use of Molecular Typing Techniques in the Control of Infectious Diseases. Public Health Ethics 5 (3):311-313.
David Shaw (2008). Dentistry and the Ethics of Infection. Journal of Medical Ethics 34 (3):184-187.
Kayhan Parsi, Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharya & Justin List (2011). The Dread Disease: Cancer in the Developing World. Hastings Center Report 41 (3):13-14.
G. de Grandis (2011). On the Analogy Between Infectious Diseases and War: How to Use It and Not to Use It. Public Health Ethics 4 (1):70-83.
T. Bubela & S. Yanow (2012). Molecular Typing Technology: A Legal Perspective. Public Health Ethics 5 (3):317-320.
Cara M. Cheyette (2011). Communitarianism and the Ethics of Communicable Disease: Some Preliminary Thoughts. Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 39 (4):678-689.
Sabina Gainotti, Nicola Moran, Carlo Petrini & Darren Shickle (2008). Ethical Models Underpinning Responses to Threats to Public Health: A Comparison of Approaches to Communicable Disease Control in Europe. Bioethics 22 (9):466-476.
Michael Davis (1993). Treating Patients With Infectious Diseases. Professional Ethics 2 (1/2):51-65.
Sheila Cram (1979). The Hospital's Obligation to Protect Patients From Carriers of Infectious Diseases. Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 7 (3):8-12.
Erika Mattila (2005). Interdisciplinarity "in the Making": Modeling Infectious Diseases. Perspectives on Science 13 (4):531-553.
Christoph Gradmann (2001). Isolation, Contamination, and Pure Culture: Monomorphism and Polymorphism of Pathogenic Micro-Organisms as Research Problem 1860-1880. Perspectives on Science 9 (2):147-172.
L. Johnson & R. B. Stricker (2009). Attorney General Forces Infectious Diseases Society of America to Redo Lyme Guidelines Due to Flawed Development Process. Journal of Medical Ethics 35 (5):283-288.
Melvin Santer (2009). Richard Bradley: A Unified, Living Agent Theory of the Cause of Infectious Diseases of Plants, Animals, and Humans in the First Decades of the 18th Century. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 52 (4):566-578.
Jane Speakman, Fernando Gonzalez-Martin & Tony Perez (2003). Quarantine in Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Other Emerging Infectious Diseases. Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 31 (s4):63-64.
Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.
Added to index2012-09-16
Recent downloads (6 months)0
How can I increase my downloads?