AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. April 2007, Volume 9, Number 04

Ethics Poll

Boundaries of Professional Conduct

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

Do you prefer that your primary physician wear the traditional white doctors' coat during office visits rather than business or casual dress?
You visit a new primary care doctor to discuss your hypoglycemia. The new doctor confides that he, too, has hypoglycemia. Which of the following most accurately describes your reaction to that information.
Has a physician ever apologized to you for anything (e.g,, a medical error, not fitting you in for an office visit earlier before your cold turned into pneumonia, a long wait in the office or clinic waiting room)?
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.