Weird Skin Stuff

July 2009

Professional

Harassment of GPs

Volume 38, No.7, July 2009 Pages 533-534

Sara Bird

Case histories are based on actual medical negligence claims or medicolegal referrals; however certain facts have been omitted or changed by the author to ensure the anonymity of the parties involved.

The maintenance of clear professional boundaries is an essential part of general practice. Boundary violations are usually considered to be the result of the exploitation of a patient by their doctor, but they can also occur as a result of the behaviour of a patient. This article discusses harassment and stalking of doctors by patients, and outlines some strategies on how to manage this situation.

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Correspondence afp@racgp.org.au

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