AMA Journal of Ethics

Formerly Virtual Mentor

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics

Formerly Virtual Mentor

Illuminating the art of medicine

AMA Journal of Ethics May 2015

This month in Journal of Ethics

Observing Professional Boundaries

A physician’s personal interest in his or her patients has a recognized therapeutic effect on those patients’ sense of well-being and return to health. At the same time, physicians’ actions in patients’ behalf must comply with professional boundary guidelines. How far may a doctor go to assist a patient with nonclinical matters—joblessness, lack of transportation, fear of doctors’ offices—that impede the patient’s medical treatment? Contributors to the May issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics help distinguish boundary crossings—benevolent acts outside the scope of clinical interventions—from boundary violations—breaches of practice that may place patients’ bodily or psychological well-being at risk.

Upcoming Issues

June Ethics in Rehabilitation Medicine

July Patient Care in the ACA Era

August The Bottom Line: Profit Motive in American Medicine

September Ethical Issues in Gynecologic Oncology

October Physicians, Human Rights, and Civil Liberties

November High Value Care