One month later the patient returned and stated, “I just had to see you again.” During the office visit, she made little eye contact with me.
She alluded to a difficult marriage and imminent divorce, and said that she was “looking for someone else” to provide for her and her 7-year-old son.
One doctor put it succinctly: "The physician will acquire knowledge of the patient's weaknesses and strengths more so than the patient will know about the physician.
The knowledge acquired by the physician during the patient-doctor relationship gives the physician an unfair advantage." Such insights echo the concerns stated in the ethics codes of 2 major medical associations.
The patient requested a prescription for an oral contraceptive and was offered testing, including blood work and mammography.
(d) To maintain appropriate professional boundaries physicians should consider separating personal and professional content online.
(e) When physicians see content posted by colleagues that appears unprofessional they have a responsibility to bring that content to the attention of the individual, so that he or she can remove it and/or take other appropriate actions.
If the behavior significantly violates professional norms and the individual does not take appropriate action to resolve the situation, the physician should report the matter to appropriate authorities.
A 44-year-old woman who was new to my clinic presented for a routine annual checkup with breast and pelvic examinations.
I learned that in first grade." Further, "it will always begin with unequal power." Less than 1% of respondents said that they had no objections to having such a relationship with a patient, whereas 4.5% said that "it depends" on the circumstances.
Doctors took the unequal status of patient and physician very seriously.
To the besotted poet, love is intoxicating, exasperating, invigorating.
To the doctor -- if the would-be paramour is a patient -- it's also unethical.
Participating in social networking and other similar Internet opportunities can support physicians’ personal expression, enable individual physicians to have a professional presence online, foster collegiality and camaraderie within the profession, provide opportunity to widely disseminate public health messages and other health communication.
Social networks, blogs, and other forms of communication online also create new challenges to the patient-physician relationship.