Patient partnership

Osteopathic physicians are expected to care for patient partnership and patient trust. They promote advocacy of patient welfare, adherence to ethical principles, life-long learning and sensitivity to a diverse patient population. Physicians should be cognizant of their own physical ,mental and psychological health in order to care effectively for patients.

Osteopathic physicians must be able to demonstrate:

5.1. an empathetic approach, which ensures that patients’ privacy and dignity is respected and that each patient is considered as an individual,

5.2. an ability to maintain a professional manner in situations in which personal incompatibility arises with a patient, ensuring patient care is maintained,

5.3. an ability to deal with clinical uncertainty, so that effective management takes place, to ensure that the patient receives high-quality care and is kept appropriately informed about his status and alternatives,

5.4. the skills and self-awareness required to manage clinical challenges posed by unfamiliar circumstances or environments,

5.5. an awareness of the importance of maintaining a high level of physical, mental and psychological health, in order to ensure clinical effectiveness and ensure patient safety,

5.6. maintenance of patient confidentiality and that the physician is acting only with the informed consent of the patient in compliance with the international code of medical ethics