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Journal of Medical Regulation
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In the feature article of the current issue of the Journal of Medical Regulation, authors Kelly C. Alfred, MS, Timothy Turner, BBA, and Aaron Young, PhD, present the findings of the FSMB Foundation’s survey “Medical Board Exposure to Threats of Violence.” The survey sought to ascertain the extent to which state medical board members and staff have experienced threats of violence and the actions taken by state boards in response to such threats. Of the 70 boards queried, 37 responded, with 73% of these boards reporting that their board members and/or staff had experienced either explicit or implied threats of violence. These threats targeted board members (85%), board staff (78%) and others (15%).
The issue also includes an article by David Nyberg, PhD, of Tufts University School of Medicine and Maine Medical Center, outlines the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine’s guidelines to help physicians move beyond a limited consent model that emphasizes primarily the physician’s legal obligation to disclose information and the patient’s legal right to make independent decisions. The board advocates a different model that emphasizes communication and encourages a certain kind of transaction between patient and physician.
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