The Pledge

I pledge to provide my patients with all of the care that they need and none that they do not, thereby protecting them from unnecessary diagnostic tests and treatments.  Accordingly:

  1. I will order diagnostic tests only after considering how they will change management or prognosis.
  2. For all interventions and treatment choices, I will consider the additional suffering and the potential for medical and financial harm, along with any expected benefits.
  3. I will incorporate the patient’s goals and values into my ordering decisions, through a process of shared decision-making.

Take the Pledge!