AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. February 2009, Volume 11, Number 2.

Ethics Poll

How Prevalent Are Violence and Abuse in Our Society?

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

What proportion of women and men, respectively, report sexual or physical violence by an intimate partner?

For the correct answer, read Update on Intimate Partner Violence and Medical Education.

Most states require that physicians report suspected abuse of minors and the elderly and that they report having treated certain communicable diseases and injuries inflicted by guns, knives, and other violent means. Whether physicians should be mandated to report instances of intimate partner abuse that require medical treatment is debated in the profession. Which of the following best expresses your view on this topic?
What percent of medical students who graduated in 2008 reported that they had been personally mistreated during medical school?

For the correct answer, read When Bad Things Happen in the Learning Environment.

Poll results reflect the opinions of visitors to the site who voluntarily answer the poll questions. Those visitors do not represent a random sample of our readers. The viewpoints expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.