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Courage and Compassion: Virtues in Caring for So-Called "Difficult" Patients.

dc.contributor.author Hawking, M
dc.contributor.author Curlin, Farr A
dc.contributor.author Yoon, JD
dc.coverage.spatial United States
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-01T13:23:34Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-01T13:23:34Z
dc.date.issued 2017-04-01
dc.identifier https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28430569
dc.identifier journalofethics.2017.19.4.medu2-1704
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/14615
dc.description.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.
dc.language eng
dc.relation.ispartof AMA J Ethics
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1001/journalofethics.2017.19.4.medu2-1704
dc.title Courage and Compassion: Virtues in Caring for So-Called "Difficult" Patients.
dc.type Journal article
pubs.author-url https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28430569
pubs.begin-page 357
pubs.end-page 363
pubs.issue 4
pubs.organisational-group Clinical Science Departments
pubs.organisational-group Divinity
pubs.organisational-group Divinity School
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Medicine
pubs.organisational-group Medicine, General Internal Medicine
pubs.organisational-group School of Medicine
pubs.publication-status Published online
pubs.volume 19
dc.identifier.eissn 2376-6980


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