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Acad Med. 2005 Oct;80(10 Suppl):S80-3.

Do attending physicians, nurses, residents, and medical students agree on what constitutes medical student abuse?

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Texas A & M University, 2401 South 31 Street, Temple, TX 76508, USA. pogden@swmail.sw.org

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Whether attending physicians, residents, nurses, and medical students agree on what constitutes medical student abuse, its severity, or influencing factors is unknown.

METHOD:

We surveyed 237 internal medicine attending physicians, residents, medical students, and nurses at 13 medical schools after viewing five vignettes depicting potentially abusive behaviors.

RESULTS:

The majority of each group felt the belittlement, ethnic insensitivity, and sexual harassment scenarios represented abuse but that excluding a student from participating in a procedure did not. Only a majority of attending physicians considered the negative feedback scenario as abuse. Medical students rated abuse severity significantly lower than other groups in the belittlement scenario (p<.05). Respondents who felt abused as students were more likely to rate behaviors as abusive (p<.05).

CONCLUSIONS:

The groups generally agree on what constitutes abuse, but attending physicians and those abused as students may perceive more behaviors as abusive.

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