Maintaining Professional Boundaries as Physicians May . 18 . 2015
The patient-physician relationship is an ever-changing landscape where caring for the patient remains paramount, and maintaining professional boundaries is a close second. What may have been accepted or expected conduct 50 years ago, has adapted with the times and in a new AMA Journal of Ethics article, physicians weigh in about current standards in professional relationships.
The May Journal of Ethics article, “Professional Boundaries and Meaningful Care,” takes a look at the patient-physician relationship in this day and age. Acknowledging the ‘power dynamics’ that play a role in this relationship, the author notes that, ‘a seemingly innocent and caring act’ can easily turn into ‘one that exacerbates the vulnerabilities of physicians and patients alike.’
Contributions to the article span multiple perspectives using multidisciplinary approaches. Among them are considerations, recommendations, and strategies about how to navigate this sensitive relationship. Learning how other professionals are adapting to the changing times may lend valuable perspective and provide practical references. To find out more about how to establish and maintain professional boundaries, while at the same time provide exceptional meaningful care, please read this month’s AMA Journal of Ethics article.
This post was sourced, in part, from the AMA Journal of Ethics May 2015 issue. The article entitled, “Professional Boundaries and Meaningful Care” can be found here.