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OPTO 226 – Practice Management I lec 2
Transcript of OPTO 226 – Practice Management I lec 2
a -Ethics in clinical optometry.
b-Code of ethics.
c-Standard of conduct.
d-The optometric oath Lecture 2
OPTO 226 – Practice Management I
Optometry has engaged in professional consideration of its ethical standards throughout its history, and the American Optometric Association
(AOA) has worked to encourage professional behavior among practicing optometrists since its inception.
The AOA House of Delegates adopted its current Code of Ethics at the 1944 Annual Congress. Other documents directing the ethical behavior of AOA members have been written and modified since that time. CODE OF ETHICS It shall be the ideal, resolve/ determine, and duty of all optometrists: Standards of Conduct (1) Basic Responsibilities of An Optometrist:
Section A. The Welfare (safety + benefits) of Humanity
A health profession has as its prime objective the service it can render to humanity; financial considerations should be a secondary factor.
In choosing the profession of optometry an individual assumes an obligation for personal conduct in accordance with professional ideals/ethics/standards.
Section B. Continuing Competence
An optometrist should strive to keep current with every modern development in the profession, to enhance both knowledge and proficiency.
The Optometric Oath (word): With full consideration I freely and seriously promise that
practice the art and science of optometry faithfully, and to the fullest scope of my competence.
uphold and honorably promote by example and action the highest standards, ethics and ideals of my chosen profession and the honor of the degree, Doctor of Optometry, which has been granted me.
provide professional care for those who seek my services, with concern, with compassion and with due regard for their human rights and dignity.
place the treatment of those who seek my care above personal gain and strive/endeavor to see that none shall lack for proper care.
hold as privileged and inviolable all information entrusted to me in confidence by my patients.
advise my patients fully and honestly of all which may serve to restore, maintain or enhance their vision and general health.
strive continuously to broaden my knowledge and skills so that my patients may benefit from all new and efficacious means to enhance the care of human vision.
share information cordially and unselfishly with my fellow optometrists and other professionals for the benefit of patients and the advancement of human knowledge and welfare.
do my best/extreme to serve my community, my country and humankind as a citizen as well as an optometrist.
I hereby commit myself to be steadfast/dedicated/committed in the performance of this my solemn/sincere oath and obligation.
2) Ethics in clinical optometry: Ethics in Clinical Optometry •Currently, the AOA Code is supplemented by the Standards of Conduct and the Optometric Oath, which support and expand the ideas set forth in the Code.
•The ethical obligations of optometry toward patients are similar to those of other health care professions. These obligations generally require optometrists to recognize, respect, and protect the rights of their patients.
•This approach encourages patients to participate actively in their care and allows them to develop a relationship with their optometrist based on trust. TO KEEP their patients eye, vision, and general health paramount/ vital at all times;
TO RESPECT the rights and dignity of patients regarding their health care decisions;
TO ADVISE their patients whenever consultation with, or referral to another optometrist or other health professional is appropriate;
TO ENSURE confidentiality and privacy of patients protected health and other personal information;
TO STRIVE (do your best) to ensure that all persons have access to eye, vision, and general health care;
TO ADVANCE their professional knowledge and proficiency to maintain and expand competence to benefit their patients;
TO MAINTAIN their practices in accordance with professional health care standards;
TO PROMOTE ethical and cordial/ friendly relationships with all members of the health care community;
TO RECOGNIZE their obligation to protect the health and welfare of society; and
TO CONDUCT themselves as exemplary/ excellent citizens and professionals with honesty, integrity, fairness, kindness and compassion.
(II) Relationship With The Patient
Section A.Informed Consent
An optometrist should provide to the patient sufficient information in order to obtain an informed consent from the patient.
Section B. Emergency Optometric Care
A request for optometric care in an emergency should receive immediate response.
Once having undertaken an emergency case, an optometrist shall neither abandon/wildness/roughness nor neglect the patient.
Section C.Charges For Materials
Charges for materials should be clearly separated from professional fees .
(III) Responsibilities To The Public
Section A. Informing The Public
An optometrist should honor the applicable provisions/ requirements of valid State and Federal laws and rules regulating the advertising of ophthalmic materials and the publicizing of information regarding professional services.
IV. Relationships With Other Optometrists
Section A. Intraprofessional Referral and Consultations
Intraprofessional referral and consultations are encouraged when the best interest of the patient indicates additional opinion.
Protocol on the relationship and responsibilities between the referring and attending optometrist that usually is followed by succeed health professions .
Section B. Official Position
An optometrist holding an official position in any optometric organization shall avoid any impression of using this position for self-aggrandizement.
V. Relationships With Other Professionals
Section A. Interprofessional Referral And Consultations
Interprofessional referral and consultations are encouraged when the best interest of the patient indicates additional opinion.
Protocol on the relationship and responsibilities between the referring and attending professional that usually is followed by success health professions
Section B. Public Health
Professional responsibility demands that the optometrist actively participate in public health activities with other health professionals to the end that every step be taken to safeguard/maintain/protect the health and welfare/benefit/safety/ interest of the public.
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