Ethics of physicians’ mutual interaction
an analysis of informal practices

Chirikova A.E.

Dr. Sci. (Sociol.), Chief Researcher, Institute of sociology of FCTAS RAS, Moscow, Russia

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Chirikova A.E. Ethics of physicians’ mutual interaction: an analysis of informal practices. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2015. No 4. P. 113-120


The paper attempts to describe existing informal practices of relationships’ building between physicians. The study is based on empirical analysis using the technique of in-depth interviews with physicians and heads of medical institutions (57 interviews) in Moscow and elsewhere (Vologda and Kaluga regions). Special attention is given to answering the question: do physicians as professional group feel themselves as autonomous community of professionals or are they collectivist in their work? Do professionals agree/disagree to interact with less experienced physicians and why?

ethics of physicians’ relations; informal norms and rules; conflict; autonomy; integration; medical guild; collective coercion
Content No 4, 2015