January 20, 2015

Dr. Gold's Work Cited in NY Times


Katharine Gold, M.D., M.S.W., M.S.

Dr. Katherine Gold's work was cited in the NY Times article, "Too Close to a Patient for Comfort."

The NY Times references Dr. Gold's recent New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) article: Physicians may be asked or choose to provide medical care to family members or to give informal or undocumented care to friends, neighbors, or colleagues who are not their patients. Treatment can range from refilling a prescription, discussing a recent injury, or ordering a test to performing major surgeries. The ethical risks of caring for relatives or friends or providing informal and undocumented care are substantial but may be overlooked. Although there may be limited situations in which providing medical treatment for friends and family is acceptable, these situations are often nuanced. We review guidance from professional medical organizations, summarize research on the prevalence and attitudes about physicians' treatment of friends and family, and review the ethical issues and offer guidance for making decisions about when to provide care. Read more in NEJM →