Appropriate boundaries in the pediatrician-family-patient relationship

R. M. Nelson, J. R. Botkin, M. Levetown, K. L. Moseley, J. T. Truman, B. S. Wilfond, A. Kazura, Jr Bowes W.A., E. F. Krug, D. A. Caniano, G. K. Donovan, J. E. Frader, D. S. Davis

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All professionals are concerned about maintaining the appropriate limits in their relationships with those they serve. Romantic and sexual involvement between physicians and patients is unacceptable. Pediatricians also must strive to maintain appropriate professional boundaries in their relationships with the family members of their patients. Pediatricians should avoid behavior that patients and parents might misunderstand as having sexual or inappropriate social meaning. The acceptance of gifts or nonmonetary compensation for medical services has the potential to affect adversely the professional relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)334-336
Number of pages3
Issue number2 I
StatePublished - Aug 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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