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How Employed Physicians' Contracts May Threaten Their Patients and ProfessionalismPhysicians' Contracts May Threaten Their Patients and Professionalism

Roy M. Poses, MD; and Wally R. Smith, MD
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This article was published at www.annals.org on 1 March 2016.

From Alpert Medical School and Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island; Foundation for Integrity and Responsibility in Medicine, Warren, Rhode Island; and Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, Virginia.

Disclosures: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M15-2979.

Requests for Single Reprints: Roy M. Poses, MD, Foundation for Integrity and Responsibility in Medicine, 16 Cutler Street, Suite 104, Warren, RI 02885; e-mail, roy_poses@brown.edu.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. Poses: Foundation for Integrity and Responsibility in Medicine, 16 Cutler Street, Suite 104, Warren, RI 02885.

Dr. Smith: Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Box 980306, 730 East Broad Street, Suite 430, Richmond, VA 23298-0306.

Author Contributions: Conception and design: R.M. Poses, W.R. Smith.

Analysis and interpretation of the data: R.M. Poses, W.R. Smith.

Drafting of the article: R.M. Poses, W.R. Smith.

Critical revision for important intellectual content: R.M. Poses, W.R. Smith.

Final approval of the article: R.M. Poses, W.R. Smith.

Administrative, technical, or logistic support: R.M. Poses.

Collection and assembly of data: R.M. Poses.

Ann Intern Med. 2016;165(1):55-56. doi:10.7326/M15-2979
© 2016 American College of Physicians
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This commentary discusses how clauses in the contracts that physicians sign with their employers or that their employers sign with third parties may be part of a growing class of subtle restrictions on employed physicians' professionalism and autonomy.

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