Update: 14 August 2015
Read a message from the CDSBC Board about the
Boundaries in the Practitioner-Patient Relationship consultation >>
Updated: 8 July 2015
Upon final approval by the Board, this document will be published as part of the CDSBC Standards & Guidelines series.
The Health Professions Act and CDSBC Bylaws prohibit professional misconduct of a sexual nature, which includes sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual relations between a practitioner and a patient. However the issue of boundaries between practitioners and their patients is not confined to matters of sexual conduct. The Board has considered the broader question of when is it appropriate – or is not appropriate – to enter into a practitioner-patient relationship. This document sets out the ethical obligation of registrants to ensure that treatment is appropriate, and that all three of the following elements are in place:
These principles are enshrined in CDSBC's Code of Ethics.
Aside from restrictions currently set out in the Health Professions Act and the College Bylaws, the decision of whether or not it is appropriate to treat a patient ultimately rests with the dentist.
Feedback must be received no later than 30 September 2015 and can be submitted in one of two ways:
The consultation is open to members of the public, registrants and CDSBC’s partner organizations. Organizations that are being invited to comment include the Ministry of Health, all health regulatory colleges in BC, the First Nations Health Authority, UBC Dentistry, the British Columbia Dental Association, Certified Dental Assistants of BC, Doctors of BC, dental component societies in B.C. and provincial dental regulators across Canada. When the consultation period ends, staff will collate the feedback for consideration by the Board. The intent is to submit the final document to the Board for final approval later in 2015. It will then be published as part of the standards & guidelines series, informing practitioners and the public of CDSBC’s expectations for registrants.