AMA Position Statement Conscientious Objection 2019
The AMA has released its updated Position Statement on Conscientious Objection 2019 (replacing the Position Statement on Conscientious Objection 2013). The policy was reviewed as part of the AMA’s routine, five-year policy review cycle.
A conscientious objection occurs when a doctor, as a result of a conflict with his or her own personal beliefs or values, refuses to provide, or participate in, a legal, legitimate treatment or procedure that would be deemed medically appropriate in the circumstances under professional standards.
A conscientious objection is based on sincerely-held beliefs and moral concerns, not self-interest or discrimination.
Type 1 hour Online Learning
Accreditation ACRRM 1 PDP RACGP 2 QI&CPD points
Reflect on the impact of decision making regarding patient’s care
Discuss and identify ways on how to practice in accordance with personal beliefs, without compromising patient care or placing a burden on colleagues
Inform of objections, enabling patients to exercise their right in a timely fashion to see another doctor without compromising dignity, respect and access to care
Recognise that some health care facilities may not provide certain services due to institutional conscientious objection
Focus Professionalism, ethics, etiquette, health care, patient, safety, objection, privacy, legal
Medical Audience GP, GP Registrar, Specialist, Doctor in Training (DIT), Medical Student, International Medical Graduate, Overseas Trained Doctor