Advertisement

What is the Charter on Medical Professionalism?

The Medical Professional Project, which is a coalition of international medical foundations, in 2002, introduced a document that calls for doctors to uphold three main principles. The document, which is come to be known as the Charter on Medical Professionalism, cites three main tenets:

  • Patient welfare - The health of the patient is paramount.
  • Patient autonomy - The physician serves to advise a patient only on health care decisions. Patient choices are essential in determining personal health.
  • Social justice -- The medical community works to abolish discrimination in health care and works to eliminate disparities in health care and resources across cultures, communities and regions.

The charter also includes a "set of professional responsibilities" that doctors are expected to uphold.

These responsibilities are outlined with all-encompassing phrase, such as "commitment to honesty with patients," followed by a detailed explanation of what that means.

The Charter on Medical Professionalism may not replace the Hippocratic Oath, but it does cover many of the same issues.
Both documents share some core principles, which include the overriding importance of patient health, the importance of patient confidentiality and the necessity of maintaining nonsexual relationships with patients. But charter is more verbose than the modern Hippocratic Oath. The charter has 1,455 words; the modern Hippocratic Oath has 341.

Continue Learning about Health and Society

You Can Help Make Your Community Healthier
You Can Help Make Your Community Healthier
If you’ve ever gotten one of those official-looking class-action lawsuit letters in your mailbox, you know the drill: Step 1: Rip it open… Hey, looks...
Read More
What is the leading cause of death in the U.S?
Baptist Health South FloridaBaptist Health South Florida
Heart disease and cancer rank first and second, respectively, in leading causes of death in the U.S....
More Answers
10 Healthiest Communities in the U.S.
10 Healthiest Communities in the U.S.10 Healthiest Communities in the U.S.10 Healthiest Communities in the U.S.10 Healthiest Communities in the U.S.
Gallup-Healthways ranked 189 communities for well-being. Where does your area land?
Start Slideshow
Arianna: Both Parties Have For 30 Years Now Screwed The Middle Class, Part 1
Arianna: Both Parties Have For 30 Years Now Screwed The Middle Class, Part 1

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.