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Scottish medical students accept acts of academic misconduct

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 01 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:0305138
  1. Stephen Goldie1
  1. 1Glasgow

Medical students think it is acceptable to forge signatures, pass off previous work as new, and falsify patients' information, researchers from the University of Dundee have found.

The study published in the Journal of Medical Ethics is based on data collected in 1999 at the University of Dundee. A total of 676 medical students representing all five years of medical school received questionnaires, and 461 (68%) completed the anonymous forms.

It assessed their attitudes to 14 scenarios in which fictitious student, “John,” engaged in dishonest behaviour. Students were asked whether they found John's actions to be wrong, answering …

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