Orthopaedic Ethics 11: Put me back in the game, Doc

Sports Medicine can be a "perfect storm" of ethical issues. An athlete gets hurt at a critical time for a team. This is not the simple office-based doctorpatient relationship. There are many other influences on the most fundamental relationship in medicine, and in the 21st century, Hippocrates' basic tenet - "Do no harm" - can be subject to interpretation.

The following Ethical issues are involved in these scenarios: 
  • Patient autonomy
  • Beneficence
  • Medico-legal concerns
  • Conflict of interest
  • Confidentiality
  • Shared decision making
Module content created by Nancy M. Cummings, MD of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Learning objectives for this Activity:

Be familiar with the complex obligations of the team physician

Identify and define the numerous legal and ethical issues involved in return to play decisions

Define the team physician’s role when there are conflicting opinions in regards to returning to play.

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