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Patients who stalk doctors: their motives and management

Michele T Pathé, Paul E Mullen and Rosemary Purcell
Med J Aust 2002; 176 (7): 335-338.

There is persuasive anecdotal evidence that healthcare professionals have a heightened vulnerability to being stalked by their patients. This is supported by an overrepresentation of healthcare professionals in stalking-victim populations.1 Some stalking behaviours constitute little more than minor irritations, but more serious cases can ruin a clinician's career. Rarely, but tragically, stalking has cost some doctors their lives.

Michele T Pathé, MB BS(Hons), FRANZCP, Consultant Psychiatrist, and Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, and Stalking and Threat Management Centre, Carlton, VIC
Paul E Mullen, MB BS, DSc, Director, and Professor, Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University
Rosemary Purcell, BA, MPsych, Clinical Psychologist, and Stalking and Threat Management Centre, Carlton, VIC
Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health, Fairfield, VIC.
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