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Code of Medical Ethics: Caring for Patients at the End of Life

Advance care planning can give patients peace of mind knowing that their physicians understand their wishes for care at the end of life.
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Caring for patients at the end of life is a privilege. Physicians have a responsibility to help patients define their goals for care and to respect patients' preferences.

Caring for Patients at the End of Life

AMA Code of Medical Ethics

Visit the Code of Medical Ethics page to access additional Opinions, the Principles of Medical Ethics and a list of CME courses that are available.

These Opinions are offered as ethics guidance for physicians and are not intended to establish standards for clinical practice or rules of law. 

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