Code of Medical Ethics: Patient-physician relationships
Doctor-patient relationships are strengthened by the practice of medical ethics, which can help you create better communication and health care decisions.
Ethically Sound Innovation in Medical Practice
Innovation shares features with both research and patient care, but is distinct from both.
Discrimination and Disruptive Behavior by Patients
Trust can be established and maintained only when there is mutual respect.
Physicians can best contribute to a mutually respectful alliance with patients by serving as their patients’ advocates and by respecting patients’ rights.
Physician Responsibilities for Safe Patient Discharge
The physicians’ primary ethical obligation to promote the well-being of individual patients involves a discharge plan that is safe for the patient.
Physician Competence, Self-Assessment and Self-Awareness
Ethical responsibility competence requires physicians to understand that in the care of actual patients, competence is fluid and dependent on context.
Publications & Newsletters
Frequently asked questions on ethics
The AMA is ready to answer your questions on medical ethics. Find out how to file a complaint against a doctor, how to look up AMA ethical rulings and more.
Code of Medical Ethics CME
The AMA Code of Medical Ethics' interactive CME modules offer concrete advice on how physicians should interact with patients and address critical decisions within their practice.