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Virtuous Medical Practice

The Virtuous Medical Practice research report was launched by Professor David Haslam, Chairman of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence, on Wednesday 14th January 2015, at the Royal College of General Practitioners. This project investigated the place of character and virtues, training and professional practice in medicine in the UK. The project aimed to identify which personal virtues medical students and experienced doctors hold and to investigate how these could influence their professional life, as compared to other values and factors.  Specifically, it examined how an understanding of the virtues influences doctors' moral thinking and possible conduct, and how the environment in which doctors train and work can influence them in becoming good doctors.