The International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (hereafter called the “Academy”) supports the ethical care and treatment of patients. Furthermore, the Academy recognizes the responsibility of its members to perform ethical business practices in dealing with patients, vendors, and other parties. The following principles are not laws but reflect our standards of conduct which membership should follow always exhibiting honorable and forthright behavior.
- Deliver chiropractic care with competence, high ethical standards and intellectual integrity using evidence-based care when possible.
- Charge patients or their insurer only for clinical services provided or supervised.
- Make health care decisions carefully, with good conscience, and with sound chiropractic judgement.
- Respect the dignity of the patient and show compassion.
- Avoid compromising the patient’s vulnerability and taking advantage of them.
- Do not discriminate based on age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin.
- Be honest and straightforward about real or perceived conflicts of interest.
- Respect the privacy and confidentiality of all patients and staff.
- Maintain confidentiality of patient records.
- Promote a secure and safe care and work place environment.
- Maintain and commit to educational requirements and maintain ongoing education, scientific knowledge and clinical skills.
- Develop dual care relationships with other specialties and clinicians in all disciplines of healthcare to improve patient care.
- Do not abuse alcohol or drugs, and never practice under the influence of either.
- Conduct yourself in a professional manner in the clinic when with patients or staff.
The Code is meant to give guidelines to the chiropractic neuromusculoskeletal specialist; promoting the ethics, values, and principles that should guide the credentialed specialist in the care and treatment of patients as well as the practice environment. Doctors should be aware of their practice location regulatory rules and legal issues.