Professionalism in medicine: Results of a national survey of physicians

This study was just published in the December 4, 2007 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine [subscription required]:

Campbell EG, Regan S, Gruen RL, Ferris TG, Rao SR, Cleary PD, Campbell EG, Regan S, Gruen RL, Ferris TG, Rao SR, Cleary PD, Blumenthal D. Professionalism in medicine: Results of a national survey of physicians. Ann Intern Med 2007; 147(11):795-802.

Background: The prospect of improving care through increasing professionalism has been gaining momentum among physician organizations. Although there have been efforts to define and promote professionalism, few data are available on physician attitudes toward and conformance with professional norms.
Objective: To ascertain the extent to which practicing physicians agree with and act consistently with norms of professionalism.
Design: National survey using a stratified random sample.
Setting: Medical care in the United States.
Participants: 3504 practicing physicians in internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, surgery, anesthesiology, and cardiology.

Conclusion: Physicians agreed with standards of professional behavior promulgated by professional societies. Reported behavior, however, did not always conform to those norms.
Read the rest of the abstract here.   Read the MedPage Today article.

Accompanying editorial:  Sox HC. Medical professionalism and the parable of the craft guilds
Excerpt: Professionalism has deep roots in Western society. In his book, Death of the Guilds, E.A. Krause makes a compelling case that the medieval European craft guilds are the antecedents of today’s professions. The craft guilds have not survived. As a commentary on the article by Campbell and colleagues in this issue, I will argue that, like the guilds, the medical profession exists in a 3-way relationship with government and business.

The above study appears in the Academia and Clinic section of the Annals. View all articles in this section.

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