Should Health-Care Professionals Wear Political Campaign Buttons?

Linda Nichols, Frederic Blow, Robert Burns

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Abstract

To the Editor: Political and issue buttons provide an opportunity for freedom of speech for all citizens. However, should these buttons be worn by health-care providers in a medical setting? We believe that the wearing of these buttons is potentially damaging to the therapeutic relationship. All health-care professionals, especially physicians, occupy a unique position in our society. They possess status, prestige, and authority in the broader society, on the basis of their roles as healers.1 Patients, on the other hand, are in a dependent position, since they are in an unfamiliar environment, may be faced with medical emergencies, and are.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Volume311
Issue number26
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 27 1984

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Should Health-Care Professionals Wear Political Campaign Buttons? / Nichols, Linda; Blow, Frederic; Burns, Robert.

In: New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 311, No. 26, 27.12.1984.

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