Physicians are uniquely suited to advocate for the improvement of the public’s health. Employ Advocacy Resource Center materials on issues – including obesity, protecting the patient-physician relationship, public safety, safe vaccination, tobacco use, women’s reproductive health, wellness and more – to launch a multipronged campaign to improve public health in your state.

Protecting the patient-physician relationship

In recent years, an alarming number of states have introduced bills to legislate the content of information exchanged between physicians and their patients. While this issue is most evident in bills prohibiting physicians from counseling patients about firearms or restricting abortion, this issue also arises when legislatures create content-specific informed consent or prescribe mandatory palliative care scripts. However, this issue is not about guns or abortion. This is about legislation that encroaches on the patient-physician relationship.

These legislative forays into the practice of medicine not only infringe on physicians’ First Amendment right to free speech, they potentially put physicians in an untenable position of risking disciplinary proceedings, criminal prosecution or abandoning ethical obligations to foster patient autonomy. More important, however, is the real harm that may come to patients if these laws continue to interfere with their safety and access to the most current medical information available.

Issue briefs

DOCUMENT 1: Protecting the patient-physician relationship ​​​

PDF 1: Shackling of pregnant prisoners

PDF 2: Indoor tanning restrictions for minors

PDF 3: Addressing childhood obesity

PDF 4: Healthy schools

Model legislation

PDF 5: Prohibit the criminalization of health care decision-making

PDF 6: Prohibit the shackling of pregnant prisoners

PDF 7: Prohibit the sale of tanning facility ultraviolet rays to individuals under 18 years of age

PDF 8: Competitive School Food and Beverage Act

PDF 9: Healthy Schools Act

PDF 10: Menu Labeling Act

The AMA’s advocacy work to prevent diabetes

Find out how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the AMA are working to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

LINK 1: Explore advocacy

Contact information

The AMA offers state advocacy tools on these issues and others. Please contact Annalia Michelman, senior legislative attorney, to discuss this campaign in more detail.

CONTACT

Physicians are uniquely suited to advocate for the improvement of the public’s health. Employ Advocacy Resource Center materials on issues – including obesity, protecting the patient-physician relationship, public safety, safe vaccination, tobacco use, women’s reproductive health, wellness and more – to launch a multipronged campaign to improve public health in your state.

Protecting the patient-physician relationship

In recent years, an alarming number of states have introduced bills to legislate the content of information exchanged between physicians and their patients. While this issue is most evident in bills prohibiting physicians from counseling patients about firearms or restricting abortion, this issue also arises when legislatures create content-specific informed consent or prescribe mandatory palliative care scripts. However, this issue is not about guns or abortion. This is about legislation that encroaches on the patient-physician relationship.

These legislative forays into the practice of medicine not only infringe on physicians’ First Amendment right to free speech, they potentially put physicians in an untenable position of risking disciplinary proceedings, criminal prosecution or abandoning ethical obligations to foster patient autonomy. More important, however, is the real harm that may come to patients if these laws continue to interfere with their safety and access to the most current medical information available.

Issue briefs

DOCUMENT 1: Protecting the patient-physician relationship ​​​

PDF 1: Shackling of pregnant prisoners

PDF 2: Indoor tanning restrictions for minors

PDF 3: Addressing childhood obesity

PDF 4: Healthy schools

Model legislation

PDF 5: Prohibit the criminalization of health care decision-making

PDF 6: Prohibit the shackling of pregnant prisoners

PDF 7: Prohibit the sale of tanning facility ultraviolet rays to individuals under 18 years of age

PDF 8: Competitive School Food and Beverage Act

PDF 9: Healthy Schools Act

PDF 10: Menu Labeling Act

The AMA’s advocacy work to prevent diabetes

Find out how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the AMA are working to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

LINK 1: Explore advocacy

Contact information

The AMA offers state advocacy tools on these issues and others. Please contact Annalia Michelman, senior legislative attorney, to discuss this campaign in more detail.

CONTACT

Why Join the AMA?

An AMA membership means you’ve got access to world-class clinical research, education and insights. Access peer-reviewed medical research findings and editorial opinions from JAMA®, the Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA Network Open™ and the 11 specialty journals, with CME at no cost.

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CONTACT

Annalia Michelman

Senior Legislative Attorney

[email protected]

Why Join the AMA?

An AMA membership means you’ve got access to world-class clinical research, education and insights. Access peer-reviewed medical research findings and editorial opinions from JAMA®, the Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA Network Open™ and the 11 specialty journals, with CME at no cost.

Join Now