False allegations

August 8, 2008

In a micropractice situation, with no employees, secretary or nurse, how does the doctor protect himself from a potential of false allegation of sexual impropriety when examining a female patient?

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In a micropractice situation, with no employees, secretary or nurse, how does the doctor protect himself from a potential of false allegation of sexual impropriety when examining a female patient?

A. Your question shows that you are aware of the issues. Good for you. It is never a good idea to examine a female patient without a nurse present. It is also not necessary to enter into a non-emergent treatment relationship with any new patient.

-Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson, who can be contacted atlj@bestweb.net, is a healthcare attorney in Mt. Kisco, NY, specializing in risk management issues.

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