Physicians disciplined for sex-related offenses.
Context. - Physicians who abuse their patients sexually cause immense harm, and, therefore, the discipline of physicians who commit any sex-related offenses is an important public health issue that should be examined.
- To determine the frequency and severity of discipline against physicians who commit sex-related offenses and to describe the characteristics of these physicians.
Design and Setting
- Analysis of sex-related orders from a national database of disciplinary orders taken by state medical boards and federal agencies.
- A total of 761 physicians disciplined for sex-related offenses from 1981 through 1996.
Main Outcome Measures
- Rate and severity of discipline over time for sex-related offenses and specialty, age, and board certification status of disciplined physicians.
- The number of physicians disciplined per year for sex-related offenses increased from 42 in 1989 to 147 in 1996, and the proportion of all disciplinary orders that were sex related increased from 2.1% in 1989 to 4.4% in 1996 (P<. 001 for trend).
Discipline for sex-related offenses was significantly more severe (P<. 001) than for non-sex-related offenses, with 71.9% of sex-related orders involving revocation, surrender, or suspension of medical license.
Of 761 physicians disciplined, the offenses committed by 567 (75%) involved patients, including sexual intercourse, rape, sexual molestation, and sexual favors for drugs. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Abus sexuel, Relation médecin malade, Caractéristiques, Discipline, Mesure in situ, Prévalence, Ethique, Homme, Facteur risque, Aspect juridique, Victimologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Sexual abuse, Physician patient relation, Characteristics, Discipline, Measurement in situ, Prevalence, Ethics, Human, Risk factor, Legal aspect, Victimology
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0320772
Code Inist : 002B18F01. Création : 27/11/1998.