Online tool encourages AOA members to discuss ethics

Online tool encourages AOA members to discuss ethics

Questions about ethical issues can arise when and where they are least expected, and the AOA now offers a platform to get answers.

The Ethics Forum is a tool to encourage AOA members to ask questions and engage in discussions on ethical issues that they and their peers might be facing.

"We want to give our members the opportunity to ask questions, start discussions and hear feedback from their peers and AOA's Ethics and Values Committee on how they would best handle these situations," says Danette Miller, AOA's manager of quality improvement.

Members will be able to submit their questions or comment on other questions presented by sending an email to ethics@aoa.org. Questions will be presented as "case studies," and each study will include an online poll to encourage interaction and provide real-time survey results. The AOA Ethics and Values Committee will review all responses and post comments, offering opinions based on the AOA Standards of Professional Conduct.

The names of participating AOA members will remain anonymous.

Member questions may involve topics such as:

  • Appropriate use of social media;

  • Online reviews helping or hurting a practice;

  • Dealing with noncompliant patients; or

  • Considerations associated with disclosing errors to a patient.

In some instances answers could vary, depending on state laws, such as the minimum visual acuity requirements for driving, and what's required of ODs to report to the Division of Motor Vehicles. Learn how ODs talk to patients about driving on page 23 of the January/February 2015 edition of AOA Focus.

April 20, 2015

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