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Med Teach. 2014 Jan;36(1):47-61. doi: 10.3109/0142159X.2014.850154. Epub 2013 Nov 19.

Defining professionalism in medical education: a systematic review.

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University Centre for Rural Health , Australia.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

We undertook a systematic review and narrative synthesis of the literature to identify how professionalism is defined in the medical education literature.

METHODS:

Eligible studies included any articles published between 1999 and 2009 inclusive presenting viewpoints, opinions, or empirical research on defining medical professionalism.

RESULTS:

We identified 195 papers on the topic of definition of professionalism in medicine. Of these, we rated 26 as high quality and included these in the narrative synthesis.

CONCLUSION:

As yet there is no overarching conceptual context of medical professionalism that is universally agreed upon. The continually shifting nature of the organizational and social milieu in which medicine operates creates a dynamic situation where no definition has yet taken hold as definitive.

PMID:
24252073
DOI:
10.3109/0142159X.2014.850154
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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