Doctor patient dating laws

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In an emergency, you have an ethical and legal duty to provide assistance to your patients.

This duty exists even where the person was not previously a patient or if you have recently ended the therapeutic relationship.

Of course, if it is because the patient was aggressive and they refused to modify their conduct, this should be the reason given.

I am aware that you have failed to follow the advice and recommended treatment that I believe are important for your wellbeing.

While I acknowledge your right to refuse advice and treatment, I believe that it is not in your best interest to do so.

The patient is entitled to have appropriate continuity of care and failure to provide that may compromise the patient’s health.

Depending on the circumstances, it may be necessary to wait until any health crisis is over before broaching the subject with the patient.

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