AMA adopts policy that makes quality care part of physicians’ ethical responsibilities
Patient Safety Monitor Insider
July 1, 2009
Delegates at the American Medical Association's annual meeting recently approved a policy that would encourage physicians to take quality of care into consideration as an ethical part of their jobs, reports American Medical News. The group's Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs released a report spelling out physicians' responsibility to provide safe care for patients in an efficient and equitable manner.
The policy also encourages physicians to stay current with quality practices, communicate effectively with patients and families, monitor the care they deliver in terms of quality, and make quality improvement a part of daily practice.