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Date:10/11/2011

or 19 per cent of the total offenses. Seven of them had been disciplined three times and two had been disciplined four times. Dr. Bell said there needs to be greater monitoring of disciplined physicians.

Studies in the United States have also found that being a male and being in practice for a long time may increase a physician's risk for disciplinary actions. Those studies suggested there are differences in how male and female physicians interact with their patients and that female physicians may communicate more effectively with them. Previous studies have also found that the intimate nature of the work performed by family physicians and psychiatrists and their direct relationships with patients may predispose some of them to inappropriate behaviour and therefore to discipline.

Dr. Bell said it was concerning that a large proportion of violations by Canadian physicians involved sexual misconduct, "which is clearly a breach of trust." He said this suggests that both medical students and physicians taking continuing education need more training about sexual boundaries.


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