getonlinedating com - Ethics doctor patient dating
Accepting the NEJM cookie is necessary to use the website.To the besotted poet, love is intoxicating, exasperating, invigorating.
Only a tiny minority (1%) give romance with current patients a green light, but a sizable share (22%) say that a romantic relationship with a former patient may be acceptable, as long as at least 6 months have passed since the professional relationship was terminated. Whereas the American Medical Association (AMA) clearly states that sexual contact that is concurrent with the doctor/patient relationship constitutes sexual misconduct, it takes a fuzzier position on relationships that might develop later.
The AMA notes that the prior doctor/patient relationship may unduly influence the patient and that such a relationship is unethical if the doctor "uses or exploits trust, knowledge, emotions or influence derived from the previous professional relationship." Ethicists, such as Dr.
To the doctor -- if the would-be paramour is a patient -- it's also unethical.
But physician responses to Medscape's 2012 ethics survey clearly indicate that many physicians aren't willing to condemn every romance.
Ideally, you should not be in a contractual arrangement that makes contacting your patients difficult.