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Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2002 Nov-Dec;41(9):659-67.

Ethical conflicts between residents and attending physicians.

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  • 1Department of Humanities, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA 17033, USA.


Conflicts between residents and attending physicians over ethical issues often occur and residents must attempt to navigate these perilous waters. A brief description of a conflict concerning informed consent and professional role expectations in a neonatal intensive care unit is presented. The discussion then explores contextual features that often shape such ethical conflicts and presents ways of understanding ethical conflicts that occur in the course of medical training. Constructive approaches for residents to engage in conflict resolution are offered.

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