Ethical and professionalism issues in dermatopathology: A cross-sectional survey of American Society of Dermatopathology Members

Meera Brahmbhatt, Howa Yeung, Gerard Vong, Jill Allbritton, Bijal Amin, Eugene D. Dulaney, Douglas R. Fullen, Robert E. LeBlanc, Beth S. Ruben, John T. Seykora, Nikki S. Vyas, Benjamin K. Stoff

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Abstract

Background: Data regarding ethical/professional issues affecting dermatopathologists are lacking despite their importance in establishing policy priorities and educational content for dermatopathology. Methods: A 14-item cross-sectional survey about ethical/professional issues in dermatopathology was distributed over e-mail to members of the American Society of Dermatopathology from June to September 2019. Results: Two hundred sixteen surveys were completed, with a response rate of 15.3%. Respondents ranked appropriate and fair utilization of healthcare resources (n = 83 or 38.6%) as the most often encountered ethical/professional issue. Conflict of interest was ranked as the most urgent or important ethical/professional issue (n = 83 or 39.3%). One hundred thirty-three (61.6%) respondents felt “somewhat” or “not at all” well equipped to handle ethical dilemmas in practice and 47 (22.8%) respondents identified a major or extreme burden (eg, have considered resigning/retiring) due to ethical challenges. Conclusions: Areas of priority in ethics and professionalism issues can guide future policy and educational content in dermatopathology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of cutaneous pathology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • dermatopathology
  • ethics
  • professionalism
  • resource utilization
  • survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology
  • Dermatology

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