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The Platinum Rule: All that Glitters Isn’t Gold

Session was held on November 3, 2022.

Clinical decisions and patient care are often guided by The Golden Rule, which would have us treat patients as we would want to be treated in similar circumstances. But when patients’ lived experiences and outlooks deviate substantively from our own, we stop being a reliable barometer of their needs, values, and goals. The Platinum Rule—doing unto patients as they would want done unto themselves—may be a more appropriate standard for achieving optimal person-centered care.

Harvey Max Chochinov, OC OM MD PhD FRCPC FRSC, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba, Senior Scientist, CancerCare Manitoba Research Institute.