Professional Boundaries

D.C.s may be at greater risk due for a boundary violation because the doctor/patient relationship tends to be less formal than other healthcare relationships.

Risk Management

Professional Boundaries Guide

An allegation of sexual misconduct is stressful, as well as potentially damaging to your professional and personal life. And even doctors with the best of intentions can find their motives questioned.


That's why all D.C.s should understand the following aspects of professional boundaries:

  • Why the patient—not the doctor—sets the boundaries
  • What you should avoid saying to patients to reduce your risk of a malpractice allegation
  • How you can identify high-risk situations and patients
  • What you should do if you have already violated a professional boundary

NCMIC’s online booklet guides you through the above and more.


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