AMA publishes ethical guidelines related to patient care during a pandemic

The American Medical Association (AMA) has published new guidelines to help physicians provide care during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Seventeen separate documents have been shared so far, with more to follow “as questions continue to emerge.” Each guideline draws heavily from the AMA Code of Medical Ethics. Titles of the documents include “Graduating early to join the physician workforce,” “Prescribing medications responsibly in a pandemic” and “Access and health equity during a pandemic.”

“As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the country, physicians need not navigate these challenges alone,” AMA President Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, said in a prepared statement. “The thoughtful deliberations of the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs embodied in the AMA Code of Medical Ethics are there to guide them.”

Additional AMA-approved information for physicians during this challenging time is the COVID-19 Ethics Resource Center, available here. The AMA previously shared financial resources for physicians affected by this ongoing pandemic.