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Courage and Compassion: Virtues in Caring for So-Called “Difficult” Patients

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Title
Courage and Compassion: Virtues in Caring for So-Called “Difficult” Patients
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AMA Journal of Ethics, April 2017
DOI 10.1001/journalofethics.2017.19.4.medu2-1704
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Abstract

What, if anything, can medical ethics offer to assist in the care of the "difficult" patient? We begin with a discussion of virtue theory and its application to medical ethics. We conceptualize the "difficult" patient as an example of a "moral stress test" that especially challenges the physician's character, requiring the good physician to display the virtues of courage and compassion. We then consider two clinical vignettes to flesh out how these virtues might come into play in the care of "difficult" patients, and we conclude with a brief proposal for how medical educators might cultivate these essential character traits in physicians-in-training.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 33 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 8 24%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 15%
Student > Bachelor 4 12%
Researcher 4 12%
Student > Postgraduate 3 9%
Other 2 6%
Unknown 7 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 12 36%
Psychology 4 12%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 9%
Philosophy 2 6%
Social Sciences 2 6%
Other 2 6%
Unknown 8 24%