Course Key Takeaways: |
1. Formation of a physician- or advanced health care professional-patient relationship is not always obvious and affects termination of whatever relationship was established.
2. Before terminating a patient relationship, the physician or clinician should carefully evaluate the patient's acuity, any special circumstances, and need for continuous care. These things will affect what kind of and how much notice to give the patient.
3. The physician or clinician should make the final decision about ending patient relationships and how to handle each situation.