Rules on doctors dating patients

Boundary violations can have devastating consequences. Sexual misconduct can create a lot of public and media attention and this can have severe repercussions for your career, your working relationships and your family.

While crossing these boundaries is not always a disciplinary matter, they may call into question your professionalism.

He was reprimanded, and had conditions placed on his registration requiring ongoing psychiatric treatment and mentoring Interaction with patients which is not of a sexual nature can still be considered unprofessional.

What about inviting a patient to have a coffee or to go for drinks?

The balance of power in the professional relationship between a doctor or therapist and a patient makes a sexual relationship highly suspect and unethical.

It is the doctor or therapist’s responsibility and duty to ensure that his or her relationship with the patient remain as professional as possible.

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