Doctor dating patient rules
This does not mean that no such type of relationship may exist, but it has not been researched.
the deleterious effects of such relationships upon patients have become increasingly recognized and condemned by the medical community. One such area is whether sexual relationships with patients are ever ethically permissible and, if so, under what circumstances.To explain why this is always the case, even with former patients, it is useful to consider the sources of medical power in light of a framework suggested by family practitioner and ethicist, Howard Brody. Simply by the sheer nature of taking on the role of patient, regardless of any other type of power, there is an unequal power differential between the doctor and patient.In his book Brody outlines three sources of medical power: Aesculapian, Charismatic and Social. (This applies in both general practice and hospital-based medicine, although it may be accentuated by the latter's institutional culture.Two years after the zero tolerance policy was adopted, the New Zealand Medical Council released a further policy statement in which it stated that whilst complaints regarding sexual relations with former patients will be considered individually, it will be presumed to be unethical if the “doctor–patient relationship involved psychotherapy, or long-term counselling and support; the patient suffered a disorder likely to impair judgement or hinder decision-making; the doctor knew that the patient had been sexually abused in the past; [or] the patient was under the age of 20 when the doctor–patient relationship ended”.
This paper presents evidence from international medical and ethical literature to examine the validity of this position taken by the New Zealand Medical Council regarding the sexualization of relationships with former patients.
Thirdly, a discussion of the role of autonomous choice and consent is presented.