A Case Study

There has been a continuous flow of medics wanting to use the materials since the final findings were released mid to late 2018. This case study covers education, training, workshops and use of the resources by doctors and other health professionals from December 2018 to June 2020 in a series of pilots.

Four main groups participated in the pilots to establish if it made a difference to their ethical decision making understanding and practice: Medical Students; Trainees; Hospital Doctors/ Consultants and GPs. Other healthcare professionals such as Occupational Therapists also took part.

Based on evaluation (quantitative and qualitative) of all the programmes delivered to those groups specific impact areas were found to include the following:

  • Enabled medical and related healthcare professionals to cultivate phronesis (practical wisdom) in a way that improves their good/wise/ethical decision making for patients and their communities.
  • Medical students and trainees gained early phronesis insights related to ethical decision making from using the resources.
  • Some medical schools have endorsed the research by including the resources into already very packed curricula as they can see the importance of the contribution.
  • Strong interest in the approach and use of the resources from other health professions and organisations that influence policy relating to national and international wellbeing.

In summary this case study demonstrates that it is possible to cultivate and spread phronesis within medical practice by facilitating use of the film series and app as a non-prescriptive moral debating resource. This therefore opens the door for physicians (and any other professions for that matter) in any country to do the same. Whether that be by using the medical practice 'collective practical wisdom' resource offered here as a starting point or by researching their own 'collective practical wisdom' and using it in the same way. If the ethos conveyed in the resources is what makes doctors the most trusted profession in the UK and one of the most trusted in the world (according to Ipsos MORI) then arguably it represents humanity at near best. We hope that this case study which shows it is possible to spread and cultivate phronesis as applied to ethical decision making within one profession contributes in a small way to bringing wider equality in wellbeing nationally and internationally.

Quotes from people who have seen the resources or been involved in workshops, training and seminars can be seen on the What We Offer page and a full report can be accessed via the publications page (listed at No. 4). Please do contact us if this study sparks your interest in using the resources or creating some of your own and we would be glad to help you make it happen.