Chiropractors and dating patients
This individual may provide them with support and advice.In some cases, such as when they are the parent of a child patient, they may make decisions on behalf of the patient about their healthcare.Warning signs include but are not limited to: If a doctor senses any of these warning signs, or if a patient talks about or displays inappropriate feelings towards a doctor or exhibits sexual behaviour, the doctor should consider whether this is interfering with the patient’s care and/or placing the doctor or the patient at risk.
Breaching sexual boundaries is always unethical and usually harmful for many reasons including: There is a wide range of behaviours that breach sexual boundaries, from making unnecessary comments about a patient’s body or clothing, to criminal behaviour such as sexual assault.
The start of a sexual relationship between a doctor and a patient may not always be immediately obvious to either the doctor or patient.
Doctors need to be alert to warning signs that could indicate that boundaries are being, or are about to be crossed.
A doctor should consider carefully whether they could be exploiting the trust, knowledge and dependence that developed during the doctor-patient relationship before they decide whether to pursue or engage in a relationship with a former patient.
When deciding whether a doctor used the doctor-patient relationship to engage in a sexual relationship with a former patient, the Board will consider a range of factors including: involved or interested in their healthcare.If there is a possibility that sexual boundaries could be breached, or that the doctor may not remain objective, the doctor should transfer the patient’s care to another doctor.