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Risk Management Guide: Sexual Boundaries and Abuse

Clinicians or staff members may be vulnerable to allegations of improper conduct at any time, and healthcare organizations may be subject to lawsuits for their clinicians' and employees' misconduct. Recommendations for preventing allegations and protecting your medical office include:
  • Understanding the causes and contributing factors to these allegations
  • Developing a written code of conduct and policies outlining appropriate, respectful behavior and what constitutes improper behavior
  • Providing education for all clinicians and staff members on professionalism and ethical practices
  • Establishing a confidential reporting and prompt investigation process.
  • Promoting a culture of respect
Most cases involving sexual boundaries and abuse allegations…

Curi’s risk mitigation resources and guidance are offered for educational and informational purposes only. This information is not medical or legal advice, does not replace independent professional judgment, does not constitute an endorsement of any kind, should not be deemed authoritative, and does not establish a standard of care in clinical settings or in courts of law. If you need legal advice, you should consult your independent/corporate counsel. We have found that using risk mitigation efforts can reduce malpractice risk; however, we do not make any guarantees that following these risk recommendations will prevent a complaint, claim, or suit from occurring, or mitigate the outcome(s) associated with any of them.