Family, Patient, Both

When family members become patients, physicians can find themselves in uncertain territory.

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How do you navigate the doctor-patient dynamic when the relationship extends beyond the clinic? In June’s #JACR tweet chat, physicians discussed the pros, cons, and gray areas associated with providing medical care to family members. Participants shared their experiences and resources on the topic. We’ve gathered the top resources from the tweet chat below.

A Doctor’s Dilemma: Treating Family Members as Patients

When Physicians Intervene in Their Relative's Health Care

Family Physicians’ Personal Experiences of Their Fathers’ Health Care

PAs Commonly Provide Health Care to Family Members 

Do PAs Intervene in Their Family’s Health Matters in the Same Ways as Physicians? 

Why Do Physicians Treat Their Relatives? Exploring the Influence of Social Psychology

AMA Opinion 8.19 – Self-Treatment or Treatment of Immediate Family Members

The Limits of Treating Loved Ones

Role Conflicts of Physicians and Their Family Members: Rules But No Rulebook

AMA Attacks Physicians Caring for Their Families

Physician Treatment of Self, Family Members, or Others Close to Them

Ethical Issues in Treating Self and Family Members

Knowing How Doctors Die Can Change End-Of-Life Discussions

Why Doctors Die Differently

Doctors Die Differently Than Their Patients

How Doctors Die: Showing Others the Way

Frontline: Being Mortal

Most Physicians would Forgo Aggressive Treatment for Themselves at End of Life

Why Doctors Shouldn't Treat Their Family and Friends

UK: Treating Family Members

Treating Family Members Carries Risks

Argument Against HCPs Treating Family Should Lead Us to Take Seriously Caregiving Burdens We Place on Family

Why Doctors Shouldn't Treat Family Members

ACP Internist: Should Doctors Treat Their Relatives?

Treating Self, Family Members, and Those with Whom You Have a Non-professional Relationship

When Physicians Treat Members of Their Own Families

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