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Doctors contact patients on dating sites; some get caught: Survey

Associated Press
Mar 22, 2012 at 10:37am IST

Chicago: New research suggests doctors are contacting patients on Internet dating sites and engaging in other unprofessional online behaviour - and sometimes getting caught.

That's according to a survey of most state medical boards that license and discipline doctors.

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Most boards said they'd received at least one complaint about unprofessional online behaviour; 25 per cent had received more than three complaints.

Doctors contact patients on dating sites: Survey

New research suggests doctors are contacting patients on Internet dating sites.

The most common violation was asking patients out online. Others were prescribing medicine and overstating medical credentials online.

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More than half said complaints led to serious punishment including revoking medical licenses.

The survey appears in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association. Violations occurred over about 10 years.

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The Federation of State Medical Boards is considering adopting professional guidelines for doctors' use of social networks and other online behaviour.

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