oa Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology - Is it OK to accept gifts from my patient? : ethics

Volume 27, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1609-3607



The first gift I received from a patient was when I was an intern - not because I was a particularly impressive doctor but because I was attentive to her and spent time talking to her. Subsequently I received small gifts as tokens of appreciation from patients and their families, and accepted them with what I hope was good grace. Interestingly enough, patients for whom I felt I had done the least were the most grateful, and families who had lost close family members tended to be the most thankful. Now I am a paediatrician in an allergy clinic at a large public hospital, and my patients often bring me gifts at Christmas time.

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