What is sexual misconduct? Any sexual or romantic behavior, physical or verbal, between a health-care practitioner and a patient, or a patient's...

What is sexual misconduct?


Any sexual or romantic behavior, physical or verbal, between a health-care practitioner and a patient, or a patient’s representative. It can occur inside or outside the professional setting.

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Warning signs

The practitioner:

• Lacks a private area in which the patient can undress.

• Refuses to provide a chaperone, or allow a family member or friend to be present.

• Does not use surgical gloves during physical exams.

• Makes unusual personal disclosures.

• Offers to meet outside the office.

How to check a provider’s Washington disciplinary record

For a record of disciplinary actions and complaints call the quality-assurance program at 360-236-4700. Or go online to http://www.doh.wa.gov and click on “Provider Credential Search.”

What to do

Anyone may report professional misconduct by contacting the Health Department at 360-236-4700.