Does using humor to cope with stress justify making fun of patients?

Title

Does using humor to cope with stress justify making fun of patients?

Creator

Aultman JM; Meyers E

Publisher

American Medical Association Journal of Ethics

Date

2020
2020-07-01

Description

This article considers 3 reasons for derogatory humor in clinical settings and argues that when such humor is directed at patients without understanding their complex histories, it can diminish the therapeutic relationship rather than serve as a coping strategy. This article also investigates how narrative medicine can guide deeper understanding of the motivations for using humor in clinical settings, why humor is directed at a particular person or group, and why derogatory, cynical, or dark humor might be unethical and unprofessional. Colleagues and mentors are essential for guiding students' and trainees' professional development and for helping them cultivate coping strategies that do not cause harm.

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Format

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Pages

E576-582

Issue

7

Volume

22

ISSN

2376-6980

NEOMED College

NEOMED College of Medicine

NEOMED Department

Department of Family & Community Medicine
NEOMED Student Publications

Update Year & Number

August 2020 List

Citation

Aultman JM; Meyers E, “Does using humor to cope with stress justify making fun of patients?,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed August 6, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/11242.

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