The American Bar Association, for example, although taking a dim view of these relationships, does not absolutely rule out the possibility that a client has given effective consent: The lawyer may be called upon in a disciplinary or other proceeding to show that the client consented, that the consent was freely given based on full and reasonable disclosure of the risks involved, and that any ensuing sexual relationship did not in any way disadvantage the client in the representation; that is, the attorney's judgement remained independent, the representation proceeded free of conflicts, the privilege was not compromised and the other ethical obligations to the client were fulfilled.
Moreover, courts have indicated that, despite the physician's greater power within the relationship, they are willing to consider on a case- by-case basis whether to uphold agreements between patients and physicians in which the patient agrees not to sue the physician for malpractice.
In addition, the extent of the physician's general knowledge about the patient (i.e., the patient's past, the patient's family situation, and the patient's current emotional state) is also a factor that may render a sexual or romantic relationship with a former patient unethical.
Is the idea that the more intimate the former patient-physician relationship, the less ethical a subsequent sexual relationship? Some commentators have suggested that the way to deal with sexual relationships with former patients is to impose a minimum waiting period following the termination of the patient-physician relationship.
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What about sexual relationships after the patient-physician relationship has ended?
You would think that these would be OK, so long as the physician did not abuse the relationship.
For the study, published in the journal , researchers followed 21,300 people, of these 8,246 had previously been diagnosed with dementia in another setting.
In 2016 just 61.5 per cent of patients with dementia were appropriately diagnosed, however this is a significant improvement on 2008 when less than half (48.7 per cent) were given a correct diagnosis.
Appelbaum and his colleagues, for example, propose three to six months.