Group conformity: The legacy continues

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Recent reports clearly identify that a visible hierarchical culture persists in health care to the detriment of staff welfare and patient safety.1, 2 The article by Beran and colleagues published in this issue of the journal further demonstrates that there is ‘pressure to conform to authority within the health care system’.3 What is interesting and challenging for us as educators is that it would appear that this ‘peer pressure to conform’3 is present amongst both medical and nursing students. Despite our 21st century context, a societal and historical positioning of nursing in relation to medicine continues to shape a misconstrued power relationship4 that ‘exemplifies the permeation of conformity in the unequal hierarchical relationships that exist across the health professions’.3
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)842-843
Number of pages2
JournalMedical Education
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014


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