ART and Age − Gender Stereotypes in Medical Students’ Views

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Anna Alichniewicz
Monika Michałowska

Abstract

It seems interesting to find out how the situation of the Polish ART practice is reflected in the medical students’ opinions. To answer this question we carried out a two-stage research adopting a data-driven methodology based upon the grounded theory, in which we collected a mixture of quantitative and qualitative data. Our study has revealed students’ high acceptance of IVF and most of the additional procedures, except for IVF in the case of women over 40 and postmenopausal ones. The students’ main concerns were to be compatible with what is presented in medical literature and commonly accepted in medical practice, so the core categories they focused on in their argumentation were medical evidence and medical standards. Whereas the students were consistently trying to ground their reasoning on medical knowledge, their opinions reflected not only statements based on hard data, but also some gender stereotypes hidden in medical literature.
Author Biographies

Anna Alichniewicz, Medical University of Lodz

Dr. Anna Alichniewicz,  M.D. Ph.D. (in philosophy)
Assistant professor at the Department of Bioethics, Chair of Humanities,
Medical University of Lodz
ul. Lindleya 6, 90-131 Łódź, Poland

E-mail: anna.alichniewicz@umed.lodz.pl

Monika Michałowska, Medical University of Lodz

Dr. Monika Michałowska, M.A. Ph.D.
Assistant professor at the Department of Bioethics, Chair of Humanities,
Medical University of Lodz
ul. Lindleya 6, 90-131 Łódź, Poland

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ALICHNIEWICZ, A.; MICHAŁOWSKA, M. ART and Age − Gender Stereotypes in Medical Students’ Views. Diametros, n. 45, p. 71-81, 26 set. 2015.
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