Autonomy, conscience, and professional obligation

Robert D. Orr

Virtual Mentor. 2013 Mar 1;15(3):244-8. doi: 10.1001/virtualmentor.2013.15.3.msoc1-1303. PubMed PMID:  23472816.

Health care professionals have a fiduciary relationship with their patients; i.e., because they have greater knowledge and authority than their patients, they have an obligation to be trustworthy and to serve patients’ best interests. This has been taught since the era of Hippocrates and continues in contemporary medicine, as stated, for example, in the American Medical Association’s Principles of Medical Ethics. [Full Text]

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