Patient dating a physician
Part C: Sexual Relationships after Termination of the Physician-Patient Relationship does not address sexual abuse, but focuses on professional misconduct as a result of inappropriate behaviour.
Part D: Relationships between Physicians and Persons Closely Associated with Patients.
In addition to the risk of exploitation, a sexual relationship between a physician and a person closely associated with a patient can detract from the goal of furthering the patient’s best interests.
It has the potential of affecting the objectivity of the physician’s and the closely associated person’s decisions.
prohibits sexual relationships between a physician and a patient, it is important to determine whether a physician-patient relationship exists.
Similar to Part C, this section does not address sexual abuse, but focuses on professional misconduct as a result of inappropriate behaviour.
Part E: Reference to the CPSO’s Mandatory Reporting Policy.
Under the Health Professions Procedural Code (HPPC) If sexual contact takes place after the physician-patient relationship has been ended and it is not considered sexual abuse under the legislation, the physician may still be found to have committed professional misconduct.
Trust is the cornerstone of the physician-patient relationship.
For example, when the physician-patient relationship involves a significant component of psychoanalysis or psychotherapy, sexual involvement with the patient is likely inappropriate at any time after termination.