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What are the character strengths of a good doctor?

Jones, Demelza (2013) What are the character strengths of a good doctor? Working Paper. University of Birmingham.


URL of Published Version: http://www.jubileecentre.ac.uk/userfiles/jubileecentre/pdf/insight-series/Jones%20D.pdf


In recent years fictional doctors with unappealing character traits have become a trope of television depictions of medical settings: the eponymous Dr House who misanthropy extends to both patients and colleagues. Dr Cox of the hospital-set comedy Scrubs who bitter tirades reduce his subordinates to tears, and the curmudgeonly 'Doc Martin', a rural GP whose gruff demeanour perplexes and offends his patients, to give a few examples. But despite their objectionable behaviour, these characters are simultaneously presented as brilliant doctors whose diagnostic wizardry and cool-head in a medical crisis more than makes up for their lack of a pleasing bedside manner. In reality we are less compromising, and while technical knowledge and clinical competency are of course crucial attributes of the good doctor, we are also concerned with doctors' manner and behaviour - with their character.

Type of Work:Monograph (Working Paper)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Number of Pages:11
Department:Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues
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The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues or The University of Birmingham.

Series/Collection Name:The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues Insight Series
Keywords:Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, Character Strengths
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
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Funders:John Templeton Foundation
ID Code:1899

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