Patients need good doctors. Good doctors uphold standards of medical professionalism by making the care of their patients their first concern. Good doctors are competent, keep their knowledge and skills up to date, establish and maintain good relationships with patients and colleagues, are honest and trustworthy, and act with integrity and within the law.
Good doctors work in partnership with patients and other healthcare practitioners, honour their patients’ rights to privacy and dignity, and treat each patient with respect. They do their best to make sure all patients receive good care and treatment that will support them to live as well as possible, whatever their illness or disability.
When Do Professional Duties begin? (Open Access)
What are the types of practitioner-patient relationship in modern medicine?
When do practitioners’ professional duties towards patients end?
What duties do patients have?
Practitioners’ health as an aspect of medical professionalism
Breakdown of the practitioner-patient relationship
The practitioner-patient relationship can break down for many reasons. Where the relationship between patient and practitioner deteriorates to the point that it is not healthy and constructive, it is unlikely to be in anybody’s interests that the relationship continue.
But how should the relationship be terminated, and what factors should be considered when doing so?
How do personal beliefs affect medical practice?
Avoiding improper relationships
Patients’ personal beliefs affecting their healthcare
How has the practitioner-patient relationship changed in recent years?
When should the presence of a chaperone be considered?
Disclosure where health practitioners have dual responsibilities
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