AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. March 2009, Volume 11, Number 3.

Ethics Poll

The Health of the Patient-Physician Relationship

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

What response have you had from a physician when you introduced information about your diagnosis (or self-diagnosis) that you got from the Internet? (Check all that apply.)

The "classic" one-to-one model of the patient-physician relationship has been altered greatly in the last 3 or 4 decades by mechanization, specialization, insurance company demands for external approval of physician decisions, the rise of hospitalists, the team approach to health care delivery, and the concept of the medical home. On balance, do you think the diminished importance of the one-to-one patient-physician relationship has:
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