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Key Findings and
Recommendations
from ACP:
Statement of
Principles on the
Role of Governments
in Regulating the
Patient-Physician
Relationship

ACP

recommends the following
principles for the roles of
federal and state governments in health care
and the patient-physician relationship.
1 All parties involved in the provision
of health care, including government, are
responsible for acknowledging and lending
support to the intimacy and importance of
the patient-physician relationship and the
ethical obligations of the physician to put
the patient first.
2 Physicians should not be prohibited by
law or regulation from discussing with their
patients about risk factors, or disclosing
information to the patient.
3 Laws and regulations should not
mandate the content of what physicians
may or may not say to patients (Note: ACP
provides further guidance and insight to
this point in its unedited document - see
the link for more information).
4 In making decisions about counseling
and treatment among evidence-based
options, the patient's values are paramount.
Patients should not be required to undergo
tests or interventions, especially invasive,
potentially harmful, that violate the
patient's values, are not medically necessary,
are not supported by scientific evidence on
clinical effectiveness, or could expose the
patient to unnecessary risk.

6 Laws governing medical practice must
be revised as needed and regulatory rules
should offer a process for timely appeal in
an interval appropriate to the nature of the
condition being treated.

5 Medical practice should reflect current
scientific evidence and medical knowledge,
which may evolve over time. Physicians
should be guided by evidence-based clinical
guidelines that allow flexibility to adapt to
individual patient circumstances.

7 Regulatory requirements should
not create undue burdens that have the
consequence of limiting access to needed
care or unnecessarily divert from the precious
time that physicians have to spend with
patients.

For More Information
This issue brief is a summary of
Statement of Principles on the Role of
Governments in Regulating the PatientPhysician Relationship. The full paper is
available at http://www.acponline.org/
advocacy/where we stand/policy/statement
of principles.pdf.
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