Intended for healthcare professionals

Observations Life and Death

R-E-S-P-E-C-T—find out what it means

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 03 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a672

Respect Checklist

Respect is a recognition of human dignity. Respect is a key factor in all
interactions between people of different backgrounds. Despite its importance,
respect is subjective and difficult to evaluate. A good way to objectively
evaluate and promote respect is to use my respect checklist:

R - Race, Religion, Ethnicity, and Gender

E - Education, Employment, and Economics

S - Social Network and Status

P - Priorities and Past Experiences

E - Expectations

C - Courtesy

T - Tolerance

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

09 July 2008
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA