Friendly doctors are 'bad for their patients' health', researchers have warned as a new study revealed two thirds of young medics struggle to be truthful with patients they like.
Blurring the lines between social and professional relationships can impact on the level of care offered and prevent patients from being honest about important side effects.
Doctors should refrain from adding patients as friends on Facebook, they should not hug or allow patients to call them by their first names, regulators have warned.
They said those who breach the boundaries could face disciplinary action.
It comes as a survey of 338 oncologists under the age of 40, published in The Lancet Oncology, found 59 per cent said they found it difficult to tell the truth to those patients they liked.
这项发表于医学期刊《柳叶刀肿瘤学》（The Lancet Oncology）上的研究调查了338名40岁以下的肿瘤医生。调查显示，有59%的医生表示很难对他们喜欢的病人讲实话。
Sixty per cent of respondents said if doctors felt too close to their patients, it could prevent them from making objective decisions about a person's care.
Lesley Fallowfield, of Brighton and Sussex Medical School, said: 'Oncology is a specialty that can be enormously rewarding but is fraught with many challenges.
来自布莱顿苏塞克斯医学院（Brighton and Sussex Medical School）的莱斯利·法洛菲尔德（Lesley Fallowfield）说：“虽然肿瘤学能带来丰厚回报，但却充满了许多挑战。
'Young oncologists have to master dealing with anxious patients who are facing a life-threatening disease; conveying the true prognosis; discussing the complexity of modern treatments; and explaining the unavailability of some drugs, the side-effects of treatment, and likely therapeutic aims.'