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Doctors’ views about the importance of shared values in HIV positive patient care: a qualitative study

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Robert Veatch has proposed a model of the doctor-patient relationship that has as its foundation the sharing of values between the doctor and the patient. This paper uses qualitative research conducted with six doctors involved in the long term, specialised care of HIV positive patients in South Australia to explore the practical application of Veatch’s value sharing model in that setting. The research found that the doctors in this study linked “values” with sexual identity such that they defined value sharing, in part, as a shared set of values and beliefs about sexual identity and practices. They voluntarily identified themselves as either homosexual or heterosexual and they regarded the relation between their own sexual identity and that of their patients as important for the provision of quality care. None of the doctors thought that value sharing, in the way they defined it, was essential to the clinical relationship, but the homosexual doctors attributed a greater degree of importance to it than their heterosexual colleagues.

Publication Date


  • 2004

Citation


  • Lawlor, A. & Braunack-Mayer, A. (2004). Doctors’ views about the importance of shared values in HIV positive patient care: a qualitative study. Journal of Medical Ethics, 30 (6), 539-543.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-11144326820

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 539

End Page


  • 543

Volume


  • 30

Issue


  • 6

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Robert Veatch has proposed a model of the doctor-patient relationship that has as its foundation the sharing of values between the doctor and the patient. This paper uses qualitative research conducted with six doctors involved in the long term, specialised care of HIV positive patients in South Australia to explore the practical application of Veatch’s value sharing model in that setting. The research found that the doctors in this study linked “values” with sexual identity such that they defined value sharing, in part, as a shared set of values and beliefs about sexual identity and practices. They voluntarily identified themselves as either homosexual or heterosexual and they regarded the relation between their own sexual identity and that of their patients as important for the provision of quality care. None of the doctors thought that value sharing, in the way they defined it, was essential to the clinical relationship, but the homosexual doctors attributed a greater degree of importance to it than their heterosexual colleagues.

Publication Date


  • 2004

Citation


  • Lawlor, A. & Braunack-Mayer, A. (2004). Doctors’ views about the importance of shared values in HIV positive patient care: a qualitative study. Journal of Medical Ethics, 30 (6), 539-543.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-11144326820

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 539

End Page


  • 543

Volume


  • 30

Issue


  • 6

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom