professionalism

medical professionalism

core ethical principles for doctors

respect

  • respecting a patient's own autonomy, the right of individuals to make decisions on their own behalf

beneficence

  • the duty to do the best for the individual patient

non-maleficence

  • the duty to do no unnecessary harm

justice

  • the duty to treat your patients who have similar conditions equitably taking into account responsibilities to the community

fundamental qualities of doctors for good medical practice

integrity

  • being honest and trustworthy
  • never misusing the doctor-patient relationship for improper purposes (financial, sexual or social)

truthfulness

  • deal honestly with your patients - patients do not expect that you will lie to them

fidelity

  • placing your patient's interests ahead of your personal interests and not abandoning patients under your care

compassion

  • sympathetic understanding of others' suffering and distress and a desire to alleviate it

confidentiality

  • not disclosing information about a patient without their consent

patient-centredness

  • perceiving a patients needs and health care from their perspective

good communication

  • an important skill

clinical judgement

  • brings together clinical knowledge, skills, communication skills and ethical appreciation

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professionalism.txt · Last modified: 2013/11/15 00:52 by gary1