If you can not find the form or publication that you are looking for, type a search term into the search tool at the top of the page.Online support groups have become a popular source of information, advice and support for individuals living with a range of health conditions."I think it depends in part on the type of physician and medical care," says a pediatrician."For example, I would be less concerned about an ophthalmologist getting involved with a patient who has had general yearly visits than I would an internist or oncologist." Likewise, "the fact that you met them as a patient once in an ER, or you cared for them years ago and they are no longer your patient should not be absolute barriers to a relationship if it develops," wrote an obstetrician/gynecologist. Some specialties by their very nature create a more intimate relationship, and one that makes the patient more vulnerable.If a patient is healthy, he or she doesn't visit the doctor. "If someone was once a patient, left the practice and left town, was out of touch for years, and then returned not as a patient and kindled a relationship, I think that would be acceptable," writes one internist.But many respondents were uncomfortable with the 6-month waiting period spelled out by the question, insisting it was either too arbitrary or too short.Only a tiny minority (1%) give romance with current patients a green light, but a sizable share (22%) say that a romantic relationship with a former patient may be acceptable, as long as at least 6 months have passed since the professional relationship was terminated. Whereas the American Medical Association (AMA) clearly states that sexual contact that is concurrent with the doctor/patient relationship constitutes sexual misconduct, it takes a fuzzier position on relationships that might develop later.
Not every patient interaction with a physician is emotionally deep, nor is there an innate imbalance of power.This page contains a comprehensive list of IDPH’s forms and publications organized by topic.Please browse this collection of forms and publications.Still others noted that a shift in role is more important than the time frame in which that shift occurs."The critical issue is the change from being a patient," writes a general surgeon. It is the termination of the doctor/patient relationship that is essential." A family practice physician expresses a similar sentiment: "I don't know what the magic number of months is that should pass after the doctor/patient relationship has ended. "It's to promote thoughtful, reasoned decision-making. It's not personal risk management." Consequently, whereas one physician might harmoniously pursue a relationship with a former patient, another physician may not be so lucky.