You have been treating a patient for weeks, and before discharge, the patient brings you a gift card from a local store as a present. What should you do?
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The ethics codes of both the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association state that favors and gifts of small value may be accepted unless they exploit the patient or affect professional judgment.
As the patient is being discharged, the gift does not violate ethical guidelines and can be accepted.
The value of the gift needs to be considered both in terms of what it is worth to the patient and what it is worth to the provider.
A very wealthy or a very poor patient may have a very different view of the value of a gift compared to the provider's view.
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