Private or Intimate Relations Between Doctor and Patient: Is Zero Tolerance Warranted?
Journal of Medical Ethics 2005 January; 31(1): 27-28
This article reviews and comments on the five categories of arguments used to defend zero tolerance with regard to sexual contacts resulting from the physician-patient relationship as summarised by Cullen. In addition it puts forward a hypothesis- "fear of loss by third party"-as a psychological explanation for the collective insistence on a zero tolerance policy.
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Cullen, R.M. (1999-12)Some doctors do enter into sexual relationships with patients. These relationships can be damaging to the patient involved. One response available to both individual doctors and to disciplinary bodies is to prohibit ...