PURPOSE: To characterize perceptions of ethics among interventional radiologists to guide the development of an applied, specialty-specific approach to ethics.MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 17-question survey on perceptions of ethics and use of ethics resources was developed and vetted via cognitive interviewing of 15 diverse, representative members of the target population. The survey was distributed via the Society of Interventional Radiology, receiving 685 responses (48% participation and 90% completion rates). Responses were compared between different demographics, and common themes from free text responses were identified via content analysis.RESULTS: Most respondents indicated ethics is important for IR (93%) and more focus on practical approaches to ethical issues is needed (73%). Various ethical issues were perceived to be important for IR, but differentiating palliative from futile care was ranked as the top ethical issue. Trainees had more ethics training (P=0.05) but less confidence in navigating ethical issues (P<0.01). Regardless of career stage, those with ethics training (44%) were more confident in navigating ethical issues (P<0.01). Use of resources such as information sheets for patients and resources for coping with complications were variable and limited by lack of availability or knowledge of such resources in IR.CONCLUSIONS: Interventional radiologists believe ethics is important and face diverse ethical issues, but they are challenged by variable experiences and access to practical tools to navigate these challenges.
View details for DOI 10.1067/j.cpradiol.2021.11.002
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