Doctors who commit sexual misconduct are not always sanctioned. A recent article published by Public Citizen reveals that state medical boards, which have a professional and medical responsibility to protect the public, have failed to discipline many doctors previously known to be involved sexually with their patients.
A peer-reviewed scientific journal, PLOS ONE, showed that 70% of US physicians who engaged in sexual misconduct that led to a malpractice payment or to sanctions to hospitals or other healthcare organizations were not disciplined by the state medical boards for this misconduct. The studies findings are significant, because without medical board action these doctors continue to practice and harm more patients. Though previously psychiatrists had accounted for a disproportionately high share of the reported cases, in recent years there is a growing number of cases that involve family physicians and Ob-gyns.
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Author: Stanley J. Marks
Publication Date: May 12, 2016