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Bringing Professionalism to the Bedside

Christine Laine, MD, MPH, Senior Deputy Editor; and Harold C. Sox, MD, Editor
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Ann Intern Med. 2004;141(9):735. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-141-9-200411020-00019
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In February 2002, the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, the American College of Physicians Foundation, and the European Federation of Internal Medicine published in Annals of Internal Medicine and The Lancet a document titled the Charter on Medical Professionalism (1). The Charter provides an ethical, educational, and practical framework to guide physicians in the practice of medicine and in their relationships with patients, colleagues, and society. The practical application of these principles is the last joist in this framework, and it is the most difficult to convey in a document such as a Charter. Most physicians would find the Charter doctrine sound, but the real world of medicine often presents obstacles to the application of the individual Charter principles and associated professional commitments.

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