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Journal Article

Professionalism in medicine: results of a national survey of physicians.

Campbell EG, Regan S, Gruen RL, et al. Annals of internal medicine. 2007;147:795-802.

This survey found strong physician support for the concepts of professionalism, but also found that many physicians do not translate their beliefs into practice. For example, although most physicians supported full disclosure of errors to patients, only a minority acknowledged actually having disclosed an error. Prior research has addressed the issue of detecting unprofessional behavior and teaching professionalism. A past AHRQ WebM&M commentary also discussed professionalism and the challenges it raises in training and in practice.