Physicians’ fiduciary responsibility to patients entails an obligation to support continuity of care for their patients. At the beginning of patient-physician relationship, the physician should alert the patient to any foreseeable impediments to continuity of care.
When considering withdrawing from a case, physicians must:
- Notify the patient (or authorized decision maker) long enough in advance to permit the patient to secure another physician.
- Facilitate transfer of care when appropriate.
AMA Principles of Medical Ethics: I, VI
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