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The Oregon Medical Board recognizes that the practice of medicine entails a unique relationship between the medical professional and the patient. The patient's trust and confidence in a provider’s professional status grants power and influence to the physician, physician assistant, or acupuncturist.
Licensees are expected to maintain a professional manner and to avoid behaviors that may be misunderstood by or considered offensive by the patient. Licensees should take proactive steps to eliminate misunderstandings through clear, appropriate, and professional communication.
Recommended proactive practices:
Sexual or romantic contact or a suggestion of any sort within a professional relationship, or any such contact outside of the provider-patient relationship is unethical and constitutes unprofessional conduct. “Contact” includes any interaction, whether verbal, physical, or over electronic means.
- Adopted 1995
- Amended October 3, 2019
"'Sexual misconduct' is behavior that exploits the licensee-patient relationship in a sexual way. The behavior is non-diagnostic and non-therapeutic, may be verbal, physical or other behavior, and may include expressions of thoughts and feelings or gestures that are sexual or that reasonably may be construed by a patient as sexual."
- Oregon Administrative Rule 847-010-0073(3)(b)(G)
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