A new updated, comprehensive report by Public Citizen showed that only 1,354 U.S. doctors had faced reportable sanctions or malpractice payments due to sexual misconduct over 15 years (from 2003 through 2017). Of those, 38% continued to hold active licenses and clinical privileges in the states where they faced these consequences. The report provides numerous examples of sexual misconduct by doctors and an in-depth discussion of the reasons behind the persistence of this public health problem, and offers recommendations for addressing it.
See Public Citizen’s other work on sexual misconduct by health care professionals:
- Time to End Physician Sexual Abuse of Patients: Calling the U.S. Medical Community to Action
- Crossing the Line: Sexual Misconduct by Nurses Reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank
- Cross-Sectional Analysis of the 1039 U.S. Physicians Reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank for Sexual Misconduct, 2003–2013