Policy statement - Pediatrician-family-patient relationships: Managing the boundaries

Douglas S. Diekema, Mary Fallat, Armand H. Matheny Antommaria, Ian R. Holzman, Aviva L. Katz, Steven R. Leuthner, Lainie F. Ross, Sally A. Webb, Philip L. Baese, Marcia Levetown, Anne D. Lyerly, Ellen Tsai, Jessica Wilen Berg, Alison Baker

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All professionals are concerned about maintaining the appropriate limits in their relationships with those they serve. Pediatricians should be aware that, under normal circumstances, caring for one's own children presents significant ethical issues. Pediatricians also must strive to maintain appropriate professional boundaries in their relationships with the family members of their patients. Pediatricians should avoid behavior that patients and parents might misunderstand as having sexual or inappropriate social meaning. Romantic and sexual involvement between physicians and patients is unacceptable. The acceptance of gifts or nonmonetary compensation for medical services has the potential to affect the professional relationship adversely.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1685-1688
Number of pages4
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2009


  • Boundaries
  • Pediatricians
  • Relationships


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