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Maintaining Your Professional Boundaries

Maintaining Your Professional Boundaries

"I’m one of the only psychiatrists practicing in this area. What am I realistically supposed to do when I see one of my patients in public? Whenever I go to the gym or library or grocery store, I see several patients I’m actively treating. Some want to say hello and some want to socialize. My response so far has been to try to avoid them.

As a fee-for-service psychiatrist, I am in a tough spot because I cannot totally ignore patients when they approach me without seeming to be uncaring.

How can I maintain my professional boundaries in this 'small town' environment?"

Our thanks to Pat Rabjohn, MD, a psychiatrist who practices in a suburb of Dallas/Ft Worth. If you are faced with an ethical dilemma, we invite you to submit the details to PTedit@cmpmedica.com.

Maintaining Your Professional Boundaries

Maintaining Your Professional Boundaries

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