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February 3, 1999

Educating Physicians to Prevent Sex-Related Contact With Patients—Reply

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim Co-EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(5):419-420. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-5-jbk0203

In Reply: The efforts of the Colorado Board of Medical Examiners, the Colorado Physician Health Program, and Copic Insurance Company to educate practicing physicians on patient-physician boundary issues, including inappropriate sexual behavior by physicians, are laudable. The innovative incentive of malpractice premium credit could be an important means of expanding the number of physicians whose practice patterns include adequate knowledge of their responsibilities and power in the patient-physician relationship and how to avoid abusing this power. It is discouraging that among state medical boards, only Oregon thus far has requested to review the Colorado project.