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Toronto psychiatrist Nagi Ghabbour may become the first physician in the province to have his licence yanked for becoming romantically involved with a former patient too soon after the end of the doctor-patient relationship.
Sexual relations between physicians and patients have long been considered to be unethical.
The Hippocratic Oath states that physicians: Sexual abuse of patients by physicians was identified as a significant problem in 1991, when the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario released several reports from its Task Force on patient sexual abuse.
The same can be said for those not in relationships and are looking to begin dating.
Along with these challenges are a seemingly endless trail of thoughts and questions: When will I feel ready to start dating again? But no matter where a person is in their cancer journey, whether they have a new diagnosis, are in active treatment, or are posttreatment survivors, to have fears and concerns about dating and sexual intimacy is normal.
Empowering these patients to build upon their strengths so as not to let these fears adversely affect their current relationships or prevent them from pursuing future relationships can play a huge role in the healing process.
These reports provided the impetus for changes to the , any form of sexual relations between physicians and patients is considered to be sexual abuse.
Consent by the patient is no defence to sexual abuse.