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- take advantage of their client or patient's trust
- exploit their vulnerability
- do not act in their best interests
- fail to keep professional boundaries
Abuse may be:
Professional abuse always involves:
Professionals can abuse in three ways:
- nonfeasance - ignore and take no indicated action - neglect.
- misfeasance - take inappropriate action or give intentionally incorrect advice.
- malfeasance - hostile, aggressive action taken to injure the client's interests.
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- Abuse of power
- Harold Shipman
- Institutional abuse
- Medical abuse
- Professional ethics
- Professional negligence in English Law
- Professional responsibility
- WITNESS against abuse by health & care workers (formerly known as Prevention of Professional Abuse Network (POPAN))
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