Definition of a Professional Boundary
Boundaries are the limits that allow for safe connections between individuals.
Our understandings of what are acceptable boundaries grow out of our family of origin. Boundaries are mutually understood, unspoken physical and emotional limits of the relationship between the patient and the doctor.
ACA Statement On SEXUAL INTIMACIES WITH A PATIENT
The ACA Ethics Committee ("Committee") has received numerous requests for clarification relative to the ethical implications of sexual intimacies between a doctor of chiropractic and a patient he or she is treating. This advisory opinion is intended to resolve any misunderstanding and to state that it is the opinion of the Committee that sexual intimacies with a patient is unprofessional and unethical based on the existing ethical provisions in the ACA Code of Ethics: A(6), A(7), A(10) and C(2).
The physician/patient relationship requires the doctor of chiropractic to exercise utmost care that he or she will do nothing to "exploit the trust and dependency of the patient." Doctors of chiropractic should make every effort to avoid dual relationships that could impair their professional judgment or risk the possibility of exploiting the confidence placed in them by the patient. (Approved 1991)
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South Dakota Board of Examiners Sanctioning Options
You also should visit your own examining board's web site
to review what sanction options the board has to consider if a boundary
violation is found to be warranted.
"20:41:09:11. Code of ethics. A chiropractor shall follow the preamble, parts A, B, C, and the addendum of the 1997 American Chiropractic Association Code of Ethics"
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Sexual activity may not be covered by malpractice insurance especially if it relates to any criminal activity. The tens of thousands in legal bills may very well end up directly on the doctors lap.
Are You Covered For Boundary Violations With Your Malpractice?
Unfortunately, sexual misconduct allegations are
becoming more and more prevalent among the chiropractic profession. Some
many of these charges are well founded and justifiable. However they
can also be based on misunderstanding or even malice rather than on a doctor's
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