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In 2017, a group of 29 experts participated in a Summit on the Ethics of Grateful Patient Fundraising and developed a set of recently released recommendations.1 “Fundraising activities are important but must be structured in ways that provide reassurance that these donations promote the health of all served by the institution,” says Jagsi, one of the summit participants.

For physicians, the report authors recommended the following:

  • Bring up the topic of donation only if it is apparent the patient wants to contribute and when the physician-patient relationship is well-established while also considering timing and the patient’s health status;
  • Avoid philanthropic discussions with patients who are clinically vulnerable;
  • Receive training in how to broach the topic appropriately.

…continue reading ‘Guidance on Grateful Patient Fundraising’

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