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A factual inquiry must be made in each case to determine whether a physician-patient relationship exists, and when it ends.
Sexual involvement with a patient is sexual abuse under the regardless of whether the physician believes there is ‘consent’ from the patient.
Part C: Sexual Relationships after Termination of the Physician-Patient Relationship does not address sexual abuse, but focuses on professional misconduct as a result of inappropriate behaviour.
Part D: Relationships between Physicians and Persons Closely Associated with Patients.
When a patient seeks care from a physician, the patient trusts that the physician is a professional and as such will treat them in a professional manner.
To maintain trust, a physician must avoid making or responding to sexual advances.