Doctors on Status and Respect: A Qualitative Study

Author Faculty (Discipline)


Document Type


Publication Date


Publication Details

This article was originally published as:

Lipworth, W., Little, M., Markham, P., Gordon, J., & Kerridge, I. (2013). Doctors on status and respect: A qualitative study. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 10(2), 205-217. doi: 10.1007/s11673-013-9430-2

ISSN: 1176-7529


119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified

Reportable Items



While doctors generally enjoy considerable status, some believe that this is increasingly threatened by consumerism, managerialism, and competition from other health professions. Research into doctors’ perceptions of the changes occurring in medicine has provided some insights into how they perceive and respond to these changes but has generally failed to distinguish clearly between concerns about “status,” related to the entitlements associated with one’s position in a social hierarchy, and concerns about “respect,” related to being held in high regard for one’s moral qualities. In this article we explore doctors’ perceptions of the degree to which they are respected and their explanations for, and responses to, instances of perceived lack of respect. We conclude that doctors’ concerns about loss of respect need to be clearly distinguished from concerns about loss of status and that medical students need to be prepared for a changing social field in which others’ respect cannot be taken for granted.


Due to copyright restrictions this article is unavailable for download.

© 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht

This article may be accessed from the publisher here.

Staff and Students of Avondale College may access the full text of this article via a PRIMO search

Please refer to publisher version or contact the library.