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Dealing with prejudice
  1. Alan O'Rourke
  1. University of Sheffield


    Few of us are free of all prejudices, however subtle and subconscious, and they may affect both patient care and teaching. Here I use reflection about a patient with HIV infection, from the points of view of two doctors caring for him and the patient himself, to explore prejudice against lifestyles that are considered “dangerous”. The paper then goes on to discuss research about physicians' attitudes to such cases, the teaching of ethics in a clinical environment and the need to support junior medical staff.

    • Prejudice
    • HIV infections
    • professional-patient relationships

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    • Alan O'Rourke, MBChB, Msc, is a Lecturer at the Institute of General Practice and Primary Care, University of Sheffield.

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