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Once the physician-patient has been established, it continues until it is ended by the consent of the parties or revoked by the dismissal of the physician, or until the physician's services are no longer needed.
Without proper notice of withdrawal, affording the patient ample opportunity to seek alternative care, the physician's termination of services to the patient could be held to be an abandonment, subjecting the physician to the charge of negligence and liability to the patient for any damages proximately caused by such negligence.
When asked, "Is it ever acceptable to become involved a romantic or sexual relationship with a patient?
" more than two thirds (68%) of the 24,000 doctors who responded resoundingly say "no." In contrast, nearly one third are more nuanced in their view.
Physician-Patient Relationship can be defined as "a consensual relationship in which the patient knowingly seeks the physician's assistance and in which the physician knowingly accepts the person as a patient." QT, Inc.
To the besotted poet, love is intoxicating, exasperating, invigorating.
Some courts will not impose a duty on a physician without a contract for the benefit of the patient or some affirmative act on the part of a physician.
Not every patient interaction with a physician is emotionally deep, nor is there an innate imbalance of power.
It is very easy for a patient to mistake appreciation for love, and transfer feelings of respect and gratitude into the context of a romantic or sexual relationship.
Generally, it is malpractice for a doctor to engage in a sexual or romantic relationship with current OR former patients.
A handful of respondents note that an amorous relationship with a patient might be allowable for physicians in rural areas, where everyone's a patient, but such ethicists as Dr.
Goodman are less sympathetic and advise country doctors to "find someone in the next town over," rather than muddy the legal and ethical waters.