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'Code Of Ethics' Offers Guidance For Physicians

Update Date: Oct 31, 2014 02:40 PM EDT

The American Medical Association (AMA) Code of Ethics and other articles provide guidance for physicians in relation to public health emergencies, according to a new report. 

The AMA Code of Ethics, including some other articles written by physicians provide guidance on ethical considerations that the medical community should adhere to when addressing public heath and disaster preparedness. 

The Code offers advice on physicians' obligations in epidemics and during public health emergencies, and suggests that physicians should take advance measures to ensure their preparedness, the press release added.

"In addition to the Code, the physician-authored articles address issues such as encouraging responsibility in public health emergencies; physicians' responsibilities in epidemics; guidance for physicians about their obligations in an epidemic and with respect to conflicting duties; duty to treat versus personal safety; and rationing vaccines during of public health emergencies."

The Code further stated that physicians "should take appropriate advance measures to ensure their ability to provide medical service at the time of disasters, including keeping current on relevant knowledge and skills."

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