"Had all this not happened I would still be in that job and earning about £90,000 a year and able to live quite comfortably.
"I now live in a tiny mining village in the South Wales valleys due to economic circumstance." He said he understood Miss Dungey, who is in her late 50s, had incurred considerable legal costs.
Topic: Sexual Relationships with Patients/Former Patients Notice: A physical therapist sent the Ethics and Judicial Committee an ethics inquiry by e-mail dated May 23, 2001.
Below is the text of the Committee's response of August 3, 2001 (not including the identity of the requester): Dear [name deleted] In your email of 05/23/2001 to the General Counsel of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), you raised certain questions concerning the Guide for Professional Conduct (GPC or Guide), a document of the APTA Ethics and Judicial Committee (EJC or Committee) that interprets the Association's Code of Ethics (HOD 06-00-12-23) (Code). C, which states that a physical therapist "shall not engage in any sexual relationship or activity, whether consensual or nonconsensual, with any patient while a physical therapist/patient relationship exists." You asked, first, whether a physical therapist may engage in a sexual relationship with a person who was a patient if the therapist first transfers the care of the patient to another therapist.
If you are licensed do NOT, NOT, NOT date a patient.
In particular, the American Psychiatric Association takes an even dimmer view of this than does the American Medical Association. If you are not licensed, you probably will put your employment in jeopardy.
You asked whether such a physical therapist would be acting unethically if he/she had a sexual relationship with the person while that person received therapy (presumably from another physical therapist or rehabilitative professional) at the facility that employs the therapist having the sexual relationship.
Trust is the cornerstone of the physician-patient relationship.
While I will say that some in the medical community are becoming more accepting of this scenario, it is very much still extremely situational and mostly taboo; especially with a psych patientand for good reason.
There is a plethora of information for you to Google if you want, but I think this is a really bad idea.
When a patient seeks care from a physician, the patient trusts that the physician is a professional and as such will treat them in a professional manner.
To maintain trust, a physician must avoid making or responding to sexual advances.