In 2008 the Texas Medical Association rendered an opinion that appears to make use of emotions or insights derived from the doctor-patient relationship the key factor: SEXUAL MISCONDUCT.Sexual contact that occurs concurrent with the patient-physician relationship constitutes sexual misconduct and is unethical."Although it would not be possible to specify a length of time after which it is acceptable to pursue a relationship with a former patient, it is reasonable to expect that the more recently a professional relationship ended the less likely it is to be appropriate to begin a personal relationship with the patient." Patient groups welcomed the change, saying it was about time the watchdog moved into "the 21st century".Joyce Robins, of Patient Concern, said: "I don't see any problem with it if they are no longer their doctor.Most universities teach students from the beginning, even before they set foot in hospitals, to maintain a professional rapport with patients, uphold patients' dignity, and respect their privacy.A patient must have confidence in the competence of their physician and must feel that they can confide in him or her."I think it was all a bit of an old fashioned idea quite honestly. "They are getting into the 21st century and it's a good updating." Some senior GPs, however, have previously warned that such relationships are always problematic.
A strong relationship between the doctor and patient will lead to frequent, quality information about the patient's disease.The doctor–patient relationship is central to the practice of healthcare and is essential for the delivery of high-quality health care in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.The doctor–patient relationship forms one of the foundations of contemporary medical ethics.For most physicians, the establishment of good rapport with a patient is important.Some medical specialties, such as psychiatry and family medicine, emphasize the physician–patient relationship more than others, such as pathology or radiology.