Where is your chaperone?

Most Australian GPs are not that interested in using chaperones to assist with intimate examinations despite the medico-legal protection this practice provides.

However, almost all those surveyed said they would happily deploy one at a patient’s request.

In the first Australian study on the use of medical chaperones from a primary care perspective, the researchers found that 95% of GPs tended to conduct intimate examinations in isolation, a practice that comes with inherent difficulties and pitfalls for both doctors and patients.

Yet, few GPs seem keen to

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