The Responses of Medical General Practitioners to Unreasonable Patient Demand for Antibiotics - A Study of Medical Ethics Using Immersive Virtual Reality

Xueni Pan, Mel Slater, Alejandro Beacco, Xavi Navarro, Anna I. Bellido Rivas, David Swapp, Joanna Hale, Paul Alexander George Forbes, Catrina Denvir, Antonia F. de C. Hamilton, Sylvie Delacroix

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Abstract

Dealing with insistent patient demand for antibiotics is an all too common part of a General Practitioner’s daily routine. This study explores the extent to which portable Immersive Virtual Reality technology can help us gain an accurate understanding of the factors that influence a doctor’s response to the ethical challenge underlying such tenacious requests for antibiotics (given the threat posed by growing anti-bacterial resistance worldwide). It also considers the potential of such technology to train doctors to face such dilemmas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Feb 2016

Keywords

  • Professional Ethics
  • Medicine
  • Antibiotic Resistance
  • Virtual Reality

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    Pan, X., Slater, M., Beacco, A., Navarro, X., Bellido Rivas, A. I., Swapp, D., Hale, J., Forbes, P. A. G., Denvir, C., de C. Hamilton, A. F., & Delacroix, S. (2016). The Responses of Medical General Practitioners to Unreasonable Patient Demand for Antibiotics - A Study of Medical Ethics Using Immersive Virtual Reality. PLoS ONE, 11(2), 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0146837