Not just a patient: the dangers of dual relationships


Dual relationships occur when a doctor and patient have significant interactions outside the office. These relationships are particularly difficult to avoid for rural physicians and increase the risk of boundary violations. When boundaries are not respected, the doctor?patient relationship can be damaged, the level of care can be compromised and exploitation can occur. Every physician must carefully assess and reassess her or his personal interactions with patients to ensure that the doctor?patient relationship is not compromised.

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