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A Southampton dentist who claimed she was talking to the patient's late mother has been found guilty of serious professional misconduct.

The patient – known only as Patient A – complained to the General Dental Council (GDC) about the conduct of dentist Dr Catherine Crowe about her treatment during the period of September 2004 to March 2005.

The GDC's professional conduct committee heard how Crowe, 47, once claimed to have spoken to Mrs A's dead mother during a treatment.

The patient was referred to Mrs Crowe in September 2004 for treatment to resolve problems of pain in her jaw and concerns about the alignment of her teeth.

Mrs Crowe provided treatment to the patient on a private basis over a period of more than six months – at a cost in the region of £12,000.

Mrs Crowe admitted a number of the allegations against her, and the Committee found all but
two of the other allegations proved.

Catherine Crowe has had her registration with the GDC suspended for four months.

The Committee found that Mrs Crowe provided information about her practice that misleadingly implied she possessed specialist status and provided information which failed to refer to the fact that she employed some treatments which were non-orthodox, not mainstream dentistry and not evidence-based dentistry.

She also failed to explain adequately to the patient that her treatment plan would use dentistry that was non-orthodox, not evidence-based and not mainstream.

The committee also found that she failed to gain the patient's informed consent to her use of techniques of somato-emotional release and 'PK' (psycho kinesiology) treatment, which Mrs Crowe was not adequately qualified or experienced to undertake and failed to gain the patient's informed consent for her investigation and treatment of the patient's abdominal pain, which Mrs Crowe was not adequately qualified or experienced to undertake.

She also gave the patient the misleading impression that she was communicating with the patient's deceased mother during the course of a 'PK' treatment procedure.

The Committee was concerned with Mrs Crowe's failure to draw the boundaries between those treatments and dentistry, and was concerned regarding the levels of her qualification and experience in identifying and treating conditions that may not have had their origins in dental problems.

The Committee kept in mind the fact that there has been no criticism of the standards to which Mrs Crowe performed mainstream dental procedures, and that other professionals and patients had spoken highly of her skills and approach.

The Committee accepted that her motives were good and that in her own mind she was well-meaning and caring.

The Committee decided to suspend Mrs Crowe's registration for a period of four months, with
a review of her suspension at the end of that period.

Before being allowed to work again Crowe has been advised to undertake a programme of education and learning and re-write information about her practice.

She will also have to convince the General Dental Council how she can achieve an 'appropriate balance' between mainstream dentistry and other treatments.

 Posted on : Sun 10th - Aug - 2008

 

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