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Physician Work Environment and Well-Being
February 2019

Patients as Perpetrators of Physician Sexual Harassment—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Equal Opportunity Office, Charité–Universitätsmedizin, Berlin, Germany
  • 2Department of Primary and Transmural Care, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
  • 3Institute of Legal Medicine, Charité–Universitätsmedizin, Berlin, Germany
JAMA Intern Med. 2019;179(2):279-280. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.8016

In Reply We thank Girgis and colleagues for their remarks on our recent Research Letter1 about sexual harassment in academic medicine and welcome the opportunity to clarify our findings.

The published survey1 was part of a three-elements study aimed at identifying prevention measures for sexual harassment in our institution. With the investigation, we: (1) addressed prevalence of sexual harassment, (2) designed and implemented preventative measures, and (3) developed a legal framework. This information might offer some relevant background to the 2 points raised by Girgis and colleagues.

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