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Int J Psychiatry Med. 2018 Aug 4:91217418791445. doi: 10.1177/0091217418791445. [Epub ahead of print]

Teaching ethics that honor the patient's and the provider's voice: The role of clinical integrity.

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1 Waukesha Family Medicine Residency Program, ProHealth Care, Inc, Waukesha, WI, USA.
2 Genesys Regional Medical Center, Grand Blanc Township, MI, USA.


Medical ethics training is as variable as it is widespread. Previous research has indicated that medical learners find systematic approaches to ethical dilemmas to be helpful. This article describes a bioethics educational module. It includes an overview of common bioethical principles and presents a tool for organizing health-care providers' thinking and discussions about challenging ethical dilemmas. We discuss an area of bioethics that is often neglected, clinical integrity, and the role that a health-care provider's clinical integrity plays in ethical decision-making. We provide several hypothetical ethical vignettes for practice and discussion using the clinical integrity tool. The article also describes how this module has been implemented in one medical education setting and provides suggestions for educators.


bioethics; clinical integrity; curriculum development; ethics; medical education; palliative care


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