Ethics of physician dating former patient dating a female lawyer
The psychiatrist pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conduct that would be regarded as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional, in that he began a relationship with Patient A about a month after he stopped being her psychiatrist in 2015.The woman had been experiencing stress at work as well as marital difficulties, and was seeing Ghabbour for anxiety and depression. She began displaying romantic feelings for him in sessions in early 2015, which he testified he resisted.In the poorest communities, it may not be possible to meet the needs of the indigent for physicians’ services by relying solely on local physicians.The local physicians should be able to turn for assistance to their colleagues in prosperous communities, particularly those in close proximity.The college’s current policy on sex with former patients states that several factors should be considered, including the length and intensity of the professional relationship, the type of care involved, and how much personal information has been confided to the doctor.“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,” says the policy. Patient A (as she was called due to a publication ban) and Ghabbour have now been living together for over a year, and intend to marry, according to an agreed statement of facts.
Social networks, blogs, and other forms of communication online also create new challenges to the patient-physician relationship.
Thus, physicians should routinely monitor their own Internet presence to ensure that the personal and professional information on their own sites and, to the extent possible, content posted about them by others, is accurate and appropriate.
(c) If they interact with patients on the Internet, physicians must maintain appropriate boundaries of the patient-physician relationship in accordance with professional ethical guidelines, just as they would in any other context.
She also attended Ghabbour’s two-day discipline hearing.
The college began investigating Ghabbour after Patient A’s family filed a complaint.
Under proposed legislation, known as Bill 87, announced last year a person is still considered a “patient” for the purpose of the new rules for one year after they stop seeing the physician.