Dehumanization in Medicine

  title={Dehumanization in Medicine},
  author={Omar S. Haque and A. Waytz},
  journal={Perspectives on Psychological Science},
  pages={176 - 186}
  • Omar S. Haque, A. Waytz
  • Published 2012
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Perspectives on Psychological Science
  • Dehumanization is endemic in medical practice. This article discusses the psychology of dehumanization resulting from inherent features of medical settings, the doctor–patient relationship, and the deployment of routine clinical practices. First, we identify six major causes of dehumanization in medical settings (deindividuating practices, impaired patient agency, dissimilarity, mechanization, empathy reduction, and moral disengagement). Next, we propose six fixes for these problems… CONTINUE READING

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