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[Comment] Sexual harassment and abuse: when the patient is the perpetrator

A young female physician receiving unwelcomed sexual attention from a patient and feeling unsafe is not a new problem. However, these encounters destabilise patient–physician relationships and can have negative consequences for the physician’s future. The patient–physician relationship is founded on trust and entered into by mutual consent.1 Now that more than 50% of medical students in the UK and the USA are women, systematic approaches are needed to ensure that female clinicians can safely treat patients in populations where sexism is common.

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