[PDF] A review of professional codes and standards for doctors in the UK, USA and Canada

Picker Institute Europe
Picker Institute Europe
Publication date:
01 March 2006


Professional bodies publish codes which set out how their members should behave: the standards of competence, skills and conduct expected of them. Codes for doctors are important to patients: they can help to protect their interests, and influence the extent to which doctors involve patients in their care and respect their autonomy. This paper reviews a selection of such codes, published by medical bodies with regulatory functions within the UK, USA and Canada, comparing their patient-centredness and their portrayal of medical professionalism. It also asks whether they are or can be used as practical guides for education and regulation.