n Obstetrics and Gynaecology Forum - Chaperone use in obstetrics and gynaecology : review article

Volume 12, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1027-9148



It may be speculated that having a chaperone present during the intimate clinical examination was originally instituted to protect women from inappropriate advances by the doctor. In the current medico legal climate the rationale has probably been reversed, and the presence of a chaperone is felt to minimize the risk of the patient accusing the doctor of taking unnecessary liberties. Medical indemnity organizations consider the presence of a chaperone helpful in the defence of a doctor against an allegation of sexual misconduct during an intimate examination, however realize that presence of a third party does not necessarily protect either the patient or the doctor and may be counterproductive in some situations.

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