Professional autonomy of physicians is integral to the provision of patient care and to a well-functioning health care system. Professional autonomy means physicians can exercise professional judgment to make care decisions that best meet the needs of patients and it enables them to engage and participate in matters related to quality, patient safety, and health system improvement
With so many changes taking place in our health care system, the Council on Health Economics and Policy (CHEP) produced a policy statement on Professional Autonomy, which was approved by the Board at its December 2016 meeting. The statement is high level in order to speak to the variety of issues pertaining to the professional autonomy of physicians, at both the individual and the collective level.
Given that professional autonomy is fundamental to the patient-physician relationship and the relationships doctors have with their peers and colleagues, this policy statement relates to and expands upon concepts related to professional relationships as discussed in our 2013 Medical Professionalism policy paper.
To achieve our shared aim of delivering high quality patient care, Doctors of BC encourages partners in health care delivery to recognize, support, and protect three fundamental principles:
We hope you will take the time to read the full policy statement, which can be found here.
A graphic representation of Physician Autonomy can be found here.
We want to know what you think about the policy statement. Please send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will update this news item to reflect your thoughts and comments in the coming weeks.