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Korean Journal of Medical Education 2007;19(4): 313-323. doi: https://doi.org/10.3946/kjme.2007.19.4.313
‘좋은 의사’의 특성 규명을 위한 기초 연구
이영미1, 안덕선2
1고려대학교 의과대학 의학교육학과
2고려대학교 의과대학 성형외과학교실
A Preliminary Study for Exploring the Attributes of being a "Good Doctor"
Young-Mee Lee1, Duck-Sun Ahn2
1Department of Medical Education, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
2Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Corresponding Author: Duck-Sun Ahn, Tel: 02)920-6098, Fax: 02)928-1647, Email: ymleehj@korea.ac.kr
ABSTRACT
PURPOSE: Our understanding of the characteristics that make a 'good doctor' is continually changing. The aim of this study is to identify the attributes deemed important for being a 'good doctor' and to examine to what extent doctors actually possess them. METHODS: A list of characteristics of a good doctor was generated from literature review and from opinions from medical education experts, a focus group of medical students and a pilot survey of patients. An inventory comprising 33 statements was administered to 598 medical students, 145 faculty, 164 primary care physicians and 85 patients. RESULTS: All participants regarded 'accurate diagnosis and treatment' as the most important attribute for being a 'good doctor' and 'keeping up-to-date' as the second important attribute. Empathy towards patients, continuing professional development (CPD), kind manners towards patients were also regarded as important. There was a discrepancy between perceived importance and competency in the areas of communication skills, health advocacy and social contribution according to the participating groups. CONCLUSION: Excellence in clinical ability was identified as the most important attribute of a 'good doctor'. Compassion and CPD were also identified as important characteristics. More sophisticated studies are needed to further explore the attributes of a 'good doctor' for our society.
Keywords: Good Doctor;Attributes
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