Is it ever OK to hug your patient?
GPs are being told to err on the side of caution and avoid hugging patients who may need comforting.
The advice comes from a leading UK medical defence organisation that has issued a gentle reminder to GPs to tread carefully and try to avoid this type of physical contact.
In her online blog, Dr Ellie Mein, a medicolegal adviser at MDU, acknowledges that doctors must be able to comfort their patients and show compassion, but she cautions that hugging can easily be misconstrued.
“Just because you are a member of a caring profession, this doesn't mean you are obliged to