University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications


Ethical issues facing providers in collaborative primary care settings: do current guidelines suffice to guide the future of team based primary care

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

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Document Type



Primary Health Care; Ethics, Medical


Bioethics and Medical Ethics | Primary Care


This special issue discusses the ethical issues providers face in collaborative primary care settings. It is organized in three sections: (a) Common Themes, (b) Context-Specific Quandaries, and (c) Research and Training. It provides case examples to illustrate ethical dilemmas, describe professional ethical standards pertinent to the case, identifies gaps in available guidance and how guidelines might be elucidated in state statues (without going into detail about specific states), offers feasible recommendations to BHCs for deciding an ethical course when extant guidance was lacking, and then demonstrates and applies the recommendations to achieve an ethical resolution to the case example.

DOI of Published Version



Fam Syst Health. 2013 Mar;31(1):1-8. doi: 10.1037/a0031895. Link to article on publisher's site

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Journal/Book/Conference Title

Families, systems and health : the journal of collaborative family healthcare

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