New AMA Code of Ethics for Doctors

by | Mar 19, 2017 | Health Blog

The AMA has released its new Code of Ethics, which was comprehensively reviewed in 2016 and ratified by the AMA Federal Council at its November meeting.

For the first time since 2006, the Code has been substantially revised, culminating in the Code of Ethics 2004. Editorially Revised 2006. Revised 2016.

AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, says that a Code of Ethics is essential for setting and maintaining the very high standards of ethical behaviour that society expects from the medical profession.

The updated AMA Code of Ethics for the first time addresses:

  • close personal relationships
  • patients with impaired or limited decision-making capacity
  • patients’ family members, carers and significant others including support persons
  • working with colleagues, including bullying and harassment
  • working with other health care professionals
  • supervising/mentoring, and
  • health standards, quality and safety.

The updated Code also provides greater clarity on consent; conscientious objection; complaints; control of patient information; fees; professional boundaries; managing interests; stewardship; medico-legal responsibilities; and protecting others from harm.

The AMA media release is here.

The AMA Code of Ethics 2004. Editorially Revised 2006. Revised 2016 is here.

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