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The Health and Care Professional Council defines professionalism as the range of skills and competencies required from a health professional. In the healthcare setting, professionalism includes such activities as the management of sensitive information, working within the set health standards and guidelines, demonstration of efficient reasoning and evidence-based decision making[ CITATION Lou04 l 1033 ]. Professionalism is important in the healthcare setting to promote the safety of patients. Moreover, professionalism in the healthcare is important in caring for the needs of the multigenerational audience and ensuring the quality of the services provided.

There are four main principles of professionalism in healthcare called the Stern’s principles of professionalism. One such principle is humanism, which is the demonstration of humanity in the various activities that are carried out by the healthcare professionals. The principle of humanism mainly touches on the behavior of the care providers such as treating patients with respect, showing empathy, compassion, honor and integrity. There is the need for healthcare professionals to communicate well with the patients to increase the quality of care provided (Reynolds, 2004).

Another principle of professionalism in the pre-hospital care is the accountability of the care providers. Accountability is a culture of being answerable to all the actions and omissions to oneself, regulatory bodies, service users and oneself (Reynolds, 2004). Apart from accountability of the healthcare professionals, there is also the need for the professional care organizations to be accountable for their actions. In many organizations, there is the need for self-regulation to enable them account for their activities regarding healthcare provision.

The other important principles of professionalism in healthcare are; excellence and philanthropy. The principle of excellence ensures high quality of the services provided such as commitment to competence, demonstrating an understanding of ethical principles and effective communication skills. Philanthropy, on the other hand, involves demonstration of respect for the service users. Consequently, both the professionals and organizations are capable of ensuring the safety of patients under their care.


Reynolds, L. (2004). PROFESSIONALISM : Is Prehospital Care Really a Profession? Journal of Emergency Primary Health Care (JEPHC), 1-6.