Under the HPA, the College Bylaws establish a patient relations program to prevent professional misconduct, including that of a sexual nature.
Professional misconduct of a sexual nature is defined as sexual intercourse or other forms of physical sexual relations between the dentist or a CDA and a patient.
It includes touching, behaviour
or remarks of a sexual nature. These are differentiated from touching, behavior
and remarks by the dentist or CDA towards the patient that are of a clinical
nature appropriate to the service being provided.
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