Patients, friends, and relationship boundaries

Can Fam Physician. 1993 Dec;39:2557-64.


When patient and physician are close friends, both professional and personal relationships can suffer. Jointly exploring and setting explicit boundaries can help avoid conflict and maintain these valuable relationships. This is particularly important when the physician practises in a small community where such concurrent relationships are unavoidable.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Child, Preschool
  • Clinical Competence
  • Conflict, Psychological*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Judgment
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Psychological
  • Negotiating
  • Object Attachment
  • Physician's Role
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • Physicians, Family / psychology*
  • Role
  • Social Distance*