AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

AMA Journal of Ethics. May 2017, Volume 19, Number 5: 508-509.
doi: 10.1001/journalofethics.2017.19.5.imhl2-1705.

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They Are People First, Then Patients

Mónica Lalanda, MD, MSc, Eva Gracia-Peligero, MD, and Maria Teresa Delgado-Marroquín, MD, PhD


Figure 1. They Are People First, Then Patients, by Mónica Lalanda, Eva Gracia-Peligero, and Maria Teresa Delgado-Marroquín
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Working in a health care environment, it’s easy to forget that patients are not just patients but people who have become ill. When we are short of time, tired or just careless, we may fail to care for patients’ dignity. This is a poster that uses humor and simple cartoons to convey powerful messages to anyone who deals with patients, from porters to doctors. Everyone needs to be involved to make the experience more humane. This poster is based on a document created by the Medical Ethics Committee in Sector III, Zaragoza (Spain).

Mónica Lalanda, MD, MSc, is an emergency medicine physician and holds master of science degrees in medical ethics and bioethics. She is also a comic artist.

Eva Gracia-Peligero, MD, is a psychiatrist at University Clinical Hospital Lozano Blesa in Zaragoza, Spain, and chair of the medical ethics committee in sector III Zaragoza.

Maria Teresa Delgado-Marroquín, MD, PhD, is a general practitioner at Delicias Norte Health Center in Zaragoza, Spain, and an assistant professor of ethics at the University of Zaragoza Medical School. She has a PhD in medical ethics.


Members of the Comité de Ética Asistencial del Sector Zaragoza III (CEA ZSIII): M Yolanda Ariza Martín; M Jesús Ballestín Miguel; Carlota Canet Fajas; Ángeles Echave Esteban; M Teresa Delgado-Marroquín; Sandra Freire Díaz; Miguel Angel Fuertes Palacio; Nieves Galán Cerrato; Olga Gasca Andreu; Rafael González de Agüero Laborda; Eva Gracia Peligero; Trinidad Hermosilla Cabreirzo; Jesús Labar Alcubierre; Eva Lamote de Grignon Alfonso; Miguel Lorente López; Bárbara Marco Gómez; Andrés Martín Gracia; Julián Mozota Duarte; M Isabel Ocón Andrés; Visitación Palormero Llovera; Miguel Angel Quintanilla López; Yolanda Ruiz Borau Sanz; Cristina Sarasa Bellosta; Alejandro Tres Sánchez; Pablo Vela Condón; José Manuel Vitoria Ágreda.

The viewpoints expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.