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AMA Adopts New Policies During Final Day of Annual Meeting
Date:6/15/2010

The AMA voted to develop model state legislation prohibiting the use of shackles on pregnant women unless flight or safety concerns exist.

"As physicians we must speak out against medically hazardous practices," said David O. Barbe, M.D., AMA trustee. "About a half dozen states have legislation on this issue now, and we urge other states to adopt similar laws."

Physicians Encouraged to Develop Medical-Legal Partnerships 

To help physicians identify and resolve diverse legal issues that affect patients' health and well being, the AMA passed new policy today that encourages physicians to develop partnerships with nurses, social workers and attorneys.

"Through this partnership, the unmet legal or environmental needs of patients can be addressed before they reach crisis proportions," said AMA Board Member David O. Barbe, M.D.  "The AMA encourages physicians to develop medical-legal partnerships, and we will help them do this by creating a model agreement and working with key stakeholders on education."

Enhancing Patient Care by Using Personalized Medicine

The American Medical Association (AMA) adopted today at its Annual Meeting new policy to support personalized medicine as a way to enhance patient care. "Personalized medicine" (PM) refers to health care that is informed by a person's unique clinical, genetic, and environmental information.  It has long been known that individual patients respond to the same disease and treatments differently, and the goal of PM is to identify these individual differences so that the best treatments and preventions can be used. In order to maximize the benefit of PM, the health care workforce needs ongoing education about the use of genetic technologies in clinical
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