The tattooed doctor: An exploration of the perceptions of medical students and medical school staff

Ben Callaghan, Kevin McConville (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Abstract

Objective: This study explored the perceptions of medical students and medical school staff towards tattoos.

Background: As tattooing continues to become more of a mainstream practice, and with the lack of clarity provided by the General Medical Council on the topic, research to inform policy makers at a national and local level is merited.

Methods: A case study was implemented to facilitate the exploration of the perceptions of tattoos. Focus groups and semi-structured interviews were used for students and staff respectively for data collection. The results underwent thematic analysis according to Braun and Clarke’s guidance.

Results: Medical students and medical school staff had broadly similar perceptions of tattoos. Four main themes were identified: the nature of tattoos, professionalism, freedom of expression and generational perceptions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalMedEdPublish
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018

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Keywords

  • Tattoos
  • Healthcare
  • Medical students
  • Doctors

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