To the besotted poet, love is intoxicating, exasperating, invigorating.To the doctor -- if the would-be paramour is a patient -- it's also unethical.
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.
(d) To maintain appropriate professional boundaries physicians should consider separating personal and professional content online.
(e) When physicians see content posted by colleagues that appears unprofessional they have a responsibility to bring that content to the attention of the individual, so that he or she can remove it and/or take other appropriate actions.
One doctor put it succinctly: "The physician will acquire knowledge of the patient's weaknesses and strengths more so than the patient will know about the physician.
The knowledge acquired by the physician during the patient-doctor relationship gives the physician an unfair advantage." Such insights echo the concerns stated in the ethics codes of 2 major medical associations.She pointed to my wedding ring and said that she had not noticed it before.She then asked me if I was interested in having a relationship with her.The cookies contain no personally identifiable information and have no effect once you leave the Medscape site.The Internet has created the ability for medical students and physicians to communicate and share information quickly and to reach millions of people easily.These are just a few of the diverse responses to an exclusive Medscape ethics survey that asked physicians of all specialties: Could you become involved in a romantic/sexual relationship with a patient?