Teaching medical ethics to experienced staff: Participants, teachers and method

T. Nilstun, M. Cuttini, R. Saracci

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Almost all articles on education in medical ethics present proposals for or describe experiences of teaching students in different health professions. Since experienced staff also need such education, the purpose of this paper is to exemplify and discuss educational approaches that may be used after graduation. As an example we describe the experiences with a five-day European residential course on ethics for neonatal intensive care personnel. In this multidisciplinary course, using a case-based approach, the aim was to enhance the participants' understanding of ethical principles and their relevance to clinical and research activities. Our conclusion is that working with realistic cases encourages practising nurses and physicians to apply their previous knowledge and new concepts learnt in the course, thus helping them to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-412
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Medical Ethics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Case method
  • Medical ethics education
  • Neonatal intensive care personnel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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