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Writing a new Code of Ethics for sports physicians – principles and challenges
  1. Lynley C Anderson (lynley.anderson{at}
  1. University of Otago, New Zealand


    A code of ethics for sports physicians needs to be clear, appropriate and practically useful to clinicians in everyday circumstances and those that may be difficult or contentious. For a code of ethics to be so apposite requires that it be based on the actual ethical concerns of this group. This article uses the recent experience of rewriting the code of ethics for the Australasian College of Sports Physicians, describing the process and challenges that arose, and providing suggestions for other code writers in this field.

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