AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. June 2004, Volume 6, Number 06

Ethics Poll

Can Others do the Work of Doctoring?

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

It is possible for nonphysicians to offer a specific medical service which they have been certified to perform with the same quality of care as physicians who have studied and trained longer.
On balance, the restrictions on residents? work hours is:
What information do you think is valuable for patients to see on a physician profile or report card? Check all that apply:
Does the physician have a role in advocating with patients for health care system cost control, eg avoiding unnecessary tests or advising pill splitting?
Poll results reflect the opinions of visitors to the site who voluntarily answer the poll questions. Those visitors do not represent a random sample of Virtual Mentor readers. The viewpoints expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.