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Professional attitudes: can they be taught and assessed in medical education?

Martin, J; Lloyd, M; Singh, S; (2002) Professional attitudes: can they be taught and assessed in medical education? CLIN MED , 2 (3) 217 - 223.

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Abstract

The medical profession is under increasing scrutiny with regard to the undesirable attitudes and behaviours of some of its members. Despite the setting of objectives for professional attitudes, it remains unclear how these can be taught and assessed. Having defined 'attitudes', we consider some of the influences upon the development of professional attitudes within medicine. We then review possible ways of encouraging desirable attitudes and behaviours. Finally, we review and critique the main types of attitude assessment. We conclude that attitudes are complex, that the influence of medical culture is crucial, and that feasible assessment tools have yet to be developed.

Type:Article
Title:Professional attitudes: can they be taught and assessed in medical education?
Keywords:assessment, CPD, General Medical Council, medical education, professional attitudes, AMBULATORY-CARE, ROLE-MODELS, ATTENDING PHYSICIANS, HIDDEN CURRICULUM, STUDENTS, ETHICS, SCHOOL, RESIDENTS, DOCTORS, PERFORMANCE
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care > Primary Care and Population Health

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