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Dr. Ken's Corner: Doctors, Patients, and the Blurring of Professional Boundaries

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Mar 22, 2016 11:00:05 AM

The blurring of professional boundaries between physicians and patients is not simply an ethical issue. It's a threat to a physician's reputation, license, and livelihood...not to mention the liability risk.

Some boundary violations are obvious, such as pursuing an intimate relationship with a patient or with a member of the patient's family.  Others are not so clear. Knowing where to draw the line can be difficult, a balancing act between maintaining professional distance and building a warm, caring doctor-patient relationship.

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Topics: social media, Dr. Ken Teufel, doctor-patient communication, doctor-patient relationship, Dr. Ken's Corner, dual relationships, doctor ethics

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