AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. May 2012, Volume 14, Number 4.

Ethics Poll

As a Patient

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

Under which of the following conditions do you think it is ethically permissible for a physician to treat family members? Check all that apply.
A commentor quoted in this issue of Virtual Mentor predicts that the future role of the generalist physician is likely to be supervising physician assistants and advanced nurse practitioners who deliver most of the primary care, while the physician provides care only for patients with complex illnesses who are hospitalized. Considering patients' access to care and the training and competence of the care givers, do you think this change would improve primary care?
Have you ever sought a second opinion and then switched permanently to the second-opinion physician from the physician you were initially seeing?