Sexual boundaries guide launched

MBA chair Dr Joanna Flynn said the extremely damaging nature of such breeches meant the board would continue to reinforce its message.

“Patients are vulnerable if a doctor crosses that threshold. Even if a patient consents at the time, it’s always damaging to the patient,” she told MO.

The guidelines, previously handled on a state by state basis, spell out not just the physical sexual breaches covered by mandatory reporting laws, but also communication errors that can lead to patients perceiving inappropriate motivations when there might be none.

They also include “warning signs” such as patients requesting appointments at unusual hours or locations, patients asking personal questions or being overly affectionate, social invitations, and doctors revealing personal information.

“It’s information for anyone who’s in any doubt what the boundaries are and what their responsibilities are,