Boundary issues. What do they mean for family physicians?

Can Fam Physician. 1993 Dec;39:2569-73.


Clear boundaries between physicians and patients help prevent abusive behaviour. Enforced boundaries help physicians fulfil their legal, ethical, and professional tasks. We review common elements in boundary violations: role reversal, secrecy, double binds, and indulgence of professional privilege. We also outline the legal and licensing issues of boundary violations and offer examples of nine boundaries.

MeSH terms

  • Clothing
  • Deception
  • Double Bind Interaction
  • Ethics, Medical*
  • Fund Raising
  • Humans
  • Licensure, Medical
  • Physician's Role
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • Physicians, Family* / psychology
  • Self Disclosure
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Social Distance*
  • Touch