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Professional Relationships With Industry

Committee Opinion Number 541, November 2012

(Replaces No. 401, March 2008, Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists the College has a long history of leadership in ensuring that its educational mission is evidence based and unbiased A predecessor to this Committee Opinion was published in 1985 making the College one of the first professional assoc...

November 2012

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Ethical Ways for Physicians to Market a Practice

Committee Opinion Number 510, November 2011

(Reaffirmed 2014, Replaces No. 341, July 2006)

ABSTRACT It is ethical for physicians to market their practices provided that the communication is truthful and not misleading deceptive or discriminatory All paid advertising must be clearly identified as such Producing fair and accurate advertising of medical practices and services can be challe...

November 2011

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3.

Empathy in Womens Health Care

Committee Opinion Number 480, March 2011

(Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Empathy is the process through which one attempts to project oneself into anothers life and imagine a situation from his or her point of view Most individuals do have an innate capacity to show empathy toward others Empathy is as important to being a good physician as technical competence...

March 2011

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Ethical Decision Making in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Committee Opinion Number 390, December 2007

Reaffirmed 2016

ABSTRACT Physicians vary widely in their familiarity with ethical theories and methods and their sensitivity toward ethical issues It is important for physicians to improve their skills in addressing ethical questions Obstetriciangynecologists who are familiar with the concepts of medical ethics w...

December 2007

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The Limits of Conscientious Refusal in Reproductive Medicine

Committee Opinion Number 385, November 2007

Reaffirmed 2016

ABSTRACT Health care providers occasionally may find that providing indicated even standard care would present for them a personal moral problema conflict of conscienceparticularly in the field of reproductive medicine Although respect for conscience is important conscientious refusals should be l...

November 2007

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6.

Sexual Misconduct

Committee Opinion Number 373, August 2007

ABSTRACT The physicianpatient relationship is damaged when there is either confusion regarding professional roles and behavior or clear lack of integrity that allows sexual exploitation and harm Sexual contact or a romantic relationship between a physician and a current patient is always unethical...

August 2007

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7.

Institutional Responsibility to Provide Legal Representation

Committee Opinion Number 370, July 2007

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Hospitals academic institutions professional corporations and other health care organizations should have policies and procedures by which alleged violations of professional behavior can be reported and investigated These institutions should adopt policies on legal representation and inde...

July 2007

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8.

Seeking and Giving Consultation

Committee Opinion Number 365, May 2007

Reaffirmed 2016

ABSTRACT Consultations usually are sought when practitioners with primary clinical responsibility recognize conditions or situations that are beyond their level of expertise or available resources One way to maximize prompt effective consultation and collegial relationships is to have a formal con...

May 2007

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9.

Commercial Enterprises in Medical Practice

Committee Opinion Number 359, January 2007

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Increasing numbers of physicians sell and promote both medical and nonmedical products as part of their practices Physicians always have rendered advice and treatment for a fee and this practice is appropriate It is unethical under most circumstances however for physicians to sell or prom...

January 2007

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Innovative Practice: Ethical Guidelines

Committee Opinion Number 352, December 2006

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Innovations in medical practice are critical to the advancement of medicine Good clinicians constantly adapt and modify their clinical approaches in ways they believe will benefit patients Innovative practice frequently is approached very differently from formal research which is governed...

December 2006

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