The Use of Pejorative Terms to Describe Patients: “Dirtball” Revisited (Clinical Report)

The Use of Pejorative Terms to Describe Patients: "Dirtball" Revisited (Clinical Report)

Background: The use of pejorative terms for patients is well documented. Reasons include frustration and anger in managing certain patients, fostering group solidarity among caregivers under stress, and the alleged dehumanization” of medical training. Medical students were surveyed to document and understand the phenomenon. Methods: The 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1996 Johns Hopkins University Medical School graduating seniors were asked about their attitudes towards such use and about the nature of medical school.

The Use of Pejorative Terms to Describe Patients: "Dirtball" Revisited (Clinical Report)



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