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To make the right decision, first consider the patient’s motives.
When should you say no?
We decry rationing care, yet we ration our time every day.
What do you do when the law and your Hippocratic Oath come into conflict?
Understanding your legal protections and ethical obligations can make it easier to respond when duty calls.
Let’s do more soul-searching before we advise patients about untested alternative therapies.We would not place our patients on methotrexate before learning that it was safe and effective. Let’s not give them magnetic treatments without the same standard.
It boils down to a personal decision in most situations.
The author, a clinical psychologist, describes how physician burnout can manifest in being attracted to a patient and what can be done about it.