The World Medical Association approves the ‘Declaration of Córdoba’ in defense of the doctor-patient relationship

Medical consultation. Doctor with a patient. – MAPFRE – ARCHIVE


The 71st general assembly of the World Medical Association has approved the ‘Declaration of Córdoba’, a document in which they urge governments and health authorities, medical associations, doctors and patients to defend, protect and strengthen the doctor-patient relationship, based on to high quality care, such as a scientific, health, cultural and social heritage.

This declaration, an initiative of the General Council of Official Colleges of Physicians (CGCOM), and the Ordem dos Medicos (ODM) of Portugal, and which is named after the host city, highlights the importance of the doctor-patient relationship in history and in the present and future context of Medicine, reiterating its ‘Declaration of Geneva’, the ‘International Code of Medical Ethics’ and the ‘Declaration of Lisbon on the Rights of the Patient’.

“This declaration is a huge support for this project that the Spanish medical profession started so that the doctor-patient relationship is considered Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO because a bankruptcy is taking place in the doctor-patient relationship, which has much To do with empathy and non-verbal language, we must avoid the loss of humanization and try to make this relationship last, despite technological advances, which come to help, not to replace, “said the president of the CGCOM, Serafín Romero.

The text approved by the constituent members of the WMA recalls that professional autonomy and clinical independence are essential components of medical care of “high quality and medical professionalism”, which protect the right of patients to receive the medical care they need.

Likewise, constituent members and physicians are asked to defend this relationship model as the “fundamental core” of all person-centered medical acts; uphold the medical profession and its ethical values, including compassion, competence, mutual respect, and professional autonomy; and that support patient-centered care.

In this regard, the statement rejects government interference, as well as other agents and institutional administrations in the practice of Medicine and in the doctor-patient relationship, and defends the dedication of medical professionals to provide a competent medical service with professional and moral “total independence”, with “compassion and respect” for human dignity.

Finally, the signatories commit to address emerging factors that could pose a threat to the doctor-patient relationship and take steps to mitigate those factors.

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