PATIENT RELATIONS

 

FOSTERING POSITIVE PRACTITIONER-PATIENT INTERACTIONS

Under the Health Professions Act, one of the objects of a regulatory college is ‘to establish … a patient relations program to seek to prevent professional misconduct of a sexual nature’.

Pursuant to the College bylaws, the Board has established a Patient Relations Committee to help carry out this mandate.

A broader scope of patient relations issues will involve initiatives such as guidelines and programs to prevent other types of misconduct and to foster effective practitioner-patient communications.

Guidelines are now under development in these areas.