Duties: To the Patient

Advocating for Patients

Advocacy is an important component of the doctor-patient relationship; physicians should, individually and collectively, advocate for their patients. Advocacy involves the responsible use of expertise and influence to advance patients’ health care interests.

Individuals: The health care system is a complex network of care providers, services and benefits. To ensure that patients receive fair and efficient treatment by others involved in their care, physicians should use their knowledge of the system to assist their patients in successfully navigating this network.

Communities and Populations: Physicians have a responsibility to advocate on behalf of their patients to advance policies that promote the health and well-being of the public.