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Medical professionalism in psychiatry

  • Dinesh Bhugra and Susham Gupta

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The principles of primacy of patient welfare, patient autonomy and social justice are fundamental to medical and psychiatric professionalism. Medical professionalism is also about encouraging and celebrating good practice. As a set of values and behaviours on the one hand, and relationships with patients, carers and other stakeholders on the other, the implicit contract between psychiatry and society needs to be renegotiated regularly. Serious threats to medical professionalism in the past 30 years have led to the demoralisation of professionals. Learned helplessness and a perceived loss of autonomy have been recognised as important factors in the ‘loss’ of professionalism. Psychiatry as a profession needs to identify its core attributes, skills and competencies. Professionalism should allow individuals to set and maintain their own standards of care.

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Professor Dinesh Bhugra, Institute of Psychiatry (KCL), De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF, UK. Email: d.bhugra@iop.kcl.ac.uk

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