What is it about?

Many studies talk about a personality factor of humility. This paper gathered those studies and came up with a diagram which may describe humility and how this relates to working collaboratively among healthcare professionals. It seems that humility within professions needs to be nurtured because high achievement and working in stressful conditions can turn attention toward self-interest and away from the needs and contributions of others.

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Why is it important?

In order to study a complex concept in science, it helps to have a starting point of discussion. This paper's diagram provided a starting point to investigate whether or not the concept of humility can be identified from data obtained from a follow-up study interviewing healthcare professionals in busy community clinics. Professionals must be competent at first, and not only focus on self-interest but also the needs and interests of other professionals. Humility allows professionals to be aware of their limitations, and the value of other workers.


This is the first of two manuscripts. The entire study literally took years for the ground work and actual data collection. In those years, my father-in-law and my father passed away so publishing this work means a lot to me. Thank you very much for reading and thinking about the topic of humility. This journal is interesting because it provides me with many different avenues of communication. It was my first time making a short video abstract (my own work using free software), and writing this personal note about the article and myself. My paper was reviewed by five reviewers who gave me excellent and constructive criticism. I appreciate the editorial team's prompt work. Many thanks. Best Regards, Masa

Masa Sasagawa
Bastyr University

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This page is a summary of: Concept map of dispositional humility among professionals in an interdisciplinary healthcare environment: qualitative synthesis, Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, July 2019, Dove Medical Press, DOI: 10.2147/jmdh.s206526.
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