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Patient-Physician Covenant

Patient-Physician Covenant Abstract We heartily endorse the concept of the "Patient-Physician Covenant" published by Crawshaw et al1 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Medical care is, indeed, a "special kind of human activity" whose foundation is a promise, a profession, to be trustworthy. In times such as these when the means of providing care are in flux, it is useful, if not mandatory, to reflect on the basic elements of medical care that make it precious to a population. These basic elements cannot be ignored or negotiated if the public is to receive the care it deserves and requires. It is, indeed, our duty to advocate for the welfare of our patients by affirming our covenant to care. The generic elements of caring for the ill and infirm are constant. So are the temptations to material gain for the caregivers. The recipients of medical care are vulnerable because of their References 1. Crawshaw R, Rogers DE, Pellegrino ED, et al. Patient-physician covenant . JAMA . 1995;273:1553.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Ophthalmology American Medical Association

Patient-Physician Covenant

Archives of Ophthalmology , Volume 115 (1) – Jan 1, 1997

Patient-Physician Covenant

Abstract

Abstract We heartily endorse the concept of the "Patient-Physician Covenant" published by Crawshaw et al1 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Medical care is, indeed, a "special kind of human activity" whose foundation is a promise, a profession, to be trustworthy. In times such as these when the means of providing care are in flux, it is useful, if not mandatory, to reflect on the basic elements of medical care that make it precious to a population. These...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1997 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-9950
eISSN
1538-3687
DOI
10.1001/archopht.1997.01100150136037
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Abstract

Abstract We heartily endorse the concept of the "Patient-Physician Covenant" published by Crawshaw et al1 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Medical care is, indeed, a "special kind of human activity" whose foundation is a promise, a profession, to be trustworthy. In times such as these when the means of providing care are in flux, it is useful, if not mandatory, to reflect on the basic elements of medical care that make it precious to a population. These basic elements cannot be ignored or negotiated if the public is to receive the care it deserves and requires. It is, indeed, our duty to advocate for the welfare of our patients by affirming our covenant to care. The generic elements of caring for the ill and infirm are constant. So are the temptations to material gain for the caregivers. The recipients of medical care are vulnerable because of their References 1. Crawshaw R, Rogers DE, Pellegrino ED, et al. Patient-physician covenant . JAMA . 1995;273:1553.Crossref

Journal

Archives of OphthalmologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jan 1, 1997

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