AMA Journal of Ethics

Formerly Virtual Mentor

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics

Formerly Virtual Mentor

Illuminating the art of medicine

AMA Journal of Ethics February 2015, Volume 17, Number 2.

Ethics Poll

Physician Conduct and the Culture of Medicine

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

Does a physician's demeanor when delivering bad news matter? Which of the following best expresses how you would prefer a physician to act if he or she were delivering bad news to you or a family member?
Which of the following statements do you think is closer to being true?
All professions have cultures that convey messages to the members of society they serve. Among this list of professionals—doctors, nurses, clergy members, teachers, members of the armed forces, holders of public office—where would you rank doctors on a scale where the most-trusted professionals rank first, and the least-trusted rank sixth?
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 AMA Journal of Ethics readers. The viewpoints expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.