Social networks, blogs, and other forms of communication online also create new challenges to the patient-physician relationship.Physicians should weigh a number of considerations when maintaining a presence online: (a) Physicians should be cognizant of standards of patient privacy and confidentiality that must be maintained in all environments, including online, and must refrain from posting identifiable patient information online.
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Not nearly as often as divorce attorneys "date" their clients. Will add my more extensive comment: There does exist a bar rule that is not penal code.
Almost all civil societies of the world uphold that the first and foremost responsibility of a doctor is to the patient’s wellbeing.
Dating or engaging in a sexual relationship with the patient thus becomes a highly sensitive issue in this case.
Ben Casey and Doc Kildare were fiction even in their time, and your wives and daughters and your uncontrollable self are actually safe.
Not only does the law miss out on who does what (usually not an MD) but it now presumes a certain hypnotic power. Perhaps some people may try to lure him back with sex, and need to be protected from themselves, there?
These figures probably are much the same in the US, but these are not MDs, but clinical psychologists and the like. Not counting the women getting knees replaced, I mean?
Because of that no laws are being broken in either country. The unwilling slavish bond to the oncologist whose drugs make you vomit and your hair fall out? None of the subspecialties of internal medicine seem especially sexy to me. Who really thinks of sex when contemplating a root canal or a total hip? Does the law think that this produces mating or submissive behavior, maybe? The more I think about all this, the weirder it is.
By virtue of their education and training, doctors are armed with the knowledge of what is wrong with a patient and how to treat him/her.
In such a case if a doctor becomes romantically interested in a patient, he/she may succumb to the temptation of using his/her medical knowledge to advance his/her romantic aspirations and not necessarily in a positive manner.
Almost all developed societies prohibit any romantic or sexual relationship between a doctor and a current patient.