' Neil Chesanow March 26, 2015 A recent Medscape Ethics Survey, in which more than 21,000 physicians took part, found that having intimate relations with a patient, although still taboo to most respondents, is no longer as unthinkable as it once was to a significant number of doctors.Be that as it may, the survey revealed that the number of doctors who believe otherwise is growing substantially.
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While only 1% of doctors in both surveys felt that sex with a current patient was permissible, only 12% of participants in our 2010 survey believed that it was okay to date a former patient; in our most recent survey, over one fifth of the respondents (22%) felt that this was no longer taboo.
" I think we are enormously misguided, if not narcissistic, to believe that there is no amount of time out of the physician/patient relationship that 'resets' the relationship," an emergency physician wrote in response.
"If 'individual patients often unquestionably submit to a physician's authority,' as an expert was quoted as saying, then we should give up on the concept of medical informed consent, as our patients clearly cannot separate themselves from the omnipotent physician/patient relationship adequately to be able to give such consent.
As a profession, let's at least be logically consistent in our positions." "What about caring for a person with whom you have had a relationship in the past? "How about the conflict with having to care for someone (in the ER after hours, as an example) with whom you have/had a relationship or conflict?
This goes to show that blanket statements/rules cannot be concrete and cannot fit all situations." "Consider this scenario," a general practitioner suggested. If you can't date a patient or potential patient, then you can't date anyone, since every person in the town is potentially your patient.I guess you'd just have to get a mail-order bride from Russia.Visit the AMA website to learn more about our products and services. Contact the AMA Unified Service Center online or call (800) 621-8335 for assistance. Most participants were dead-set against a doctor dating a current patient, and many objected to a physician having intimate relations with a former patient as well, regardless of how much time may have elapsed, a position that mirrors that of the American Medical Association (AMA) and most specialty societies.In the survey, 68% of participating doctors felt that having an intimate relationship with a patient, whether current or former, was unequivocally unethical and wrong.That's down from Medscape's 2010 Ethics Survey, in which 83% of the respondents took that position.