How often are you confronted with an ethical dilemma in your clinical practice? How comfortable—and how prepared—are you to deal with these issues? Have the ethical dilemmas you face become more difficult in recent years?
Those are just a few of the questions posed in the Psychiatric Times Ethics Survey—a survey that turned out to be the largest ever of its kind: 708 psychiatrists took time to respond along with other health professionals, including nurses, psychologists, and students—for a grand total of 1400 responses. Another ethics survey is planned for later this year.
The charts you see here are randomly culled from that ethics survey. The survey included 19 questions that touched on end-of-life issues, boundary issues, confidentiality, and third-party influence.