Behind Closed Doors: Gender, Sexuality, and Touch in the Doctor/Patient Relationship

By Angelica Redleaf; Susan A. Baird | Go to book overview

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Safe Practice Strategies

The Safe Practice Strategies involve paying attention to office policies and procedures, patient needs, and doctor and staff attitudes and behaviors. By so doing, we can learn what action steps are needed to safeguard our patients, our practice and ourselves.*

There are three major categories of Safe Practice Strategies: office-centered interventions, patient-centered interventions, and doctor-centered interventions. These interventions not only provide safety, but also facilitate the creation and maintenance of a successful practice. As Franklin D. Roosevelt put it, "If you treat people right they will treat you right--ninety percent of the time." When patients feel are treated with care and respect, they notice--and send others.

The information that follows is only a beginning, however. No cookbook approach, however extensive, will contain the remedy for every situation that may arise in actual practice. As you make discoveries in your practice, please share them with us; your electronic visits are welcome on the Internet, at the World Wide Web site www.safecare.org. Adapting the way in which we care for patients, so that we become able to provide appropriate care to anyone who comes to us, requires a deeper assessment of ourselves, a dedication to learning, and a sensitivity to patient needs.


OFFICE-CENTERED INTERVENTIONS

These are environmental interventions; that is, they involve taking stock of the environment within the office. Office-centered interventions can be

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I would like to thank my colleague, Dr. Gwenneth Rae of the University of Rhode Island, for inspiring this chapter.

-- Angelica Redleaf, D.C.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface ix
  • PART I Gender, Sexuality, and Touch 1
  • 1: Gender 3
  • Notes 29
  • 2: Sexuality 33
  • 3: Touch 43
  • 4: Explorations and Applications 53
  • PART II Sexual Misconduct 61
  • 5: What Is Misconduct? 63
  • 6: HOW Misconduct Occurs 71
  • 7: Caring for the Abused Patient 87
  • 8: Boundaries and Consent 91
  • 9: The Doctor Role 97
  • 10: What Is the Solution? 105
  • PART III Patient Protection Protocol 109
  • 12: Safe Practice Strategies 115
  • 13: Safe Practice Analysis 127
  • 14: Making Changes 161
  • 15: Defusing Sexual Attractions 169
  • PART IV Review 175
  • --16-- Six Factors for Safe Practice 177
  • 17: The New Patnership 183
  • Bibliography 185
  • Recommended Reading 191
  • Recommended Viewing 195
  • Index 199
  • About the Authors 213
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