The AMA advocates on behalf of the medical profession and the public - operating at a federal level and within each state and territory. Trust is a vital component of the doctor-patient relationship. Patients trust doctors to keep their personal health information confidential, including access to their medical records. Because of this relationship, patients should feel confident in fully disclosing their personal information to their doctor and undergoing intimate examinations and investigations that are necessary for their appropriate medical management.
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Are Physician-Patient Relationships Ethical? Ethicists Say No, But Some Docs Disagree - Medical Bag
My pager vibrated against my waist. My patient wanted to leave A. Any patient who understands the risks and benefits of forgoing medical care can leave A. She was only in her 50s but looked much older, her walker propped at the side of her bed.
James Ramsey, D. One morning all that changed. Some doctors don't necessarily see anything wrong with dating a patient. They may live in communities where everyone runs in the same social circles. Others think who they date is a private matter as long as it's between consenting adults.
Some physicians feel that context is key: for example, primary care physicians regularly see their patients, rendering a relationship inappropriate. Of less concern may be a potential relationship between an emergency or specialist physician who the patient may see only once. An article published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on the topic 4 addresses the question of a physician who is the only practicing physician in a rural area and whether or not it would be unethical for a person in that position to begin a romantic relationship with a patient in the community.