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A Three-fold Approach to Medical Ethics Education That Combines Quantitative and Qualitative Reasoning

  • Korean Journal of Medical Ethics
  • Abbr : 의료윤리
  • 2018, 21(3), pp.241-261
  • DOI : 10.35301/ksme.2018.21.3.241
  • Publisher : The Korean Society For Medical Ethics
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > General Medicine
  • Received : July 13, 2018
  • Accepted : September 15, 2018
  • Published : September 30, 2018

Daeseok Jeon 1

1고려대학교

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ABSTRACT

This article consists of two parts: the first explores the content and purpose of medical ethics; the second explains some of the practical difficulties with medical ethics education while presenting relevant analytical methods based on logic and critical thinking. The development of Information and Communication Technology(ICT) has given rise to ethical issues in a number of areas, including the field of medicine. Recent research in medical ethics education tends to focus on quantitative reasoning, which has the advantage of being able to identify trends regarding which ethical theories are considered important to medical students. On the other hand, quantitative reasoning is limited in its understanding of the underlying reasons for such trends. There is also the criticism that medical ethics education lacks rigorous analysis and is simply reciting professional codes of conduct. As such, medical ethics education needs to establish a method that combines quantitative research with qualitative reasoning. Accordingly, in this article a three-fold approach to medical ethics education is developed and proposed, one that consists of three types of inferences or evaluations: intuitive-qualitative, quantitative, and analytical qualitative. The proposed approach is an effective and workable method for medical ethics education under the circumstances of limited time and restricted educational resources.

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