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Attitudes toward sexual contact between general practitioners and their patients

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Thomson, AN and White, GE, Attitudes toward sexual contact between general practitioners and their patients, New Zealand Medical Journal, 108, (1002) pp. 247-249. ISSN 0028-8446 (1995) [Refereed Article]

Abstract

AIMS. To examine attitudes toward sexual contact with patients including seductive and sexually demeaning verbal behaviour. METHODS. Anonymous questionnaire mailed to a nationwide randomised sample of 217 general practitioners. A response rate of 88% was obtained. MAIN OUTCOMES MEASURES. Attitudes were appraised through responses about the acceptability of sexual contact with current and former patients. Knowledge of colleagues engaging in sexual contact, seductive or sexually demeaning behaviour was also assessed. Disposition toward reporting colleagues was explored. RESULTS. Ninety per cent of general practitioners indicated that it was never permissible to have sexual contact with a current patient. Twenty per cent agreed that it was never permissible to have sexual contact with a patient even when treatment had been terminated. While only 4% and 6% respectively knew of a general practitioner who had engaged in seductive or sexually demeaning verbal behaviour, 32% had personally known of a colleague who had engaged in sexual contact with a patient. Participants were divided in their attitudes toward reporting colleagues for sexual misdemeanours with patients. CONCLUSION. The results have implications for the development of guidelines and the training of general practitioners.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Health and Community Services
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Religion and Ethics
Objective Field:Religion and Ethics not elsewhere classified
Author:Thomson, AN (Professor Alex Thomson)
Author:White, GE (Ms White)
ID Code:6075
Year Published:1995
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:General Practice
Deposited On:1995-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-25
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