Accountability as a virtue in medicine: from theory to practice

John R. Peteet, Charlotte V. O. Witvliet, Gerrit Glas, Benjamin W. Frush

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    Accountability is a norm basic to several aspects of medical practice. We explore here the benefits of a more explicit focus on the virtue of accountability, which as distinct from the state of being held accountable, entails both welcoming responsibility to others and welcoming input from others. Practicing accountably can limit moral distress caused by institutional pressures on the doctor patient relationship. Fostering a mindset that is welcoming rather than resistant to feedback is critical to enhancing a culture of learning. Analysis of failures of accountable practice offers opportunities for improving the delivery of clinical care.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number1
    Pages (from-to)1-6
    Number of pages6
    JournalPhilosophy, ethics, and humanities in medicine : PEHM
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2023


    • Accountability
    • Accountability as virtue
    • Healthcare delivery
    • Medical education
    • Professionalism
    • Virtue

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