Chaperoning adolescents Category

Canadian paediatricians need to develop clear national guidelines on the use of medical chaperones, not only to protect Canadian adolescents and their health care providers, but also to improve patient satisfaction and to help decrease confusion and variability in individual physicians’ practices. As an essential first step in this process, an attempt should be made […]

The American Medical Association advises doctors in the US to establish policies in which patients are free to make a request for a chaperone in each health care setting and that this policy should be communicated to patients either by means of a well-displayed notice or preferably through a conversation initiated by a nurse or […]

Things become more complicated, however, when health care professionals and the public become aware that a patient has been abused or a doctor falsely accused. At these times, the idea of a mandatory chaperone appears, to both the public and the medical profession, to be undeniably necessary. The unfortunate reality is that there will be […]

While the use of social chaperones may be resisted and resented by young people, the use of medical chaperones may not. Few studies have investigated adolescents’ preferences regarding the use of medical chaperones. They have suggested that younger adolescents are more likely to prefer to be accompanied during intimate examinations, whereas older adolescents, particularly males, […]

The word ‘chaperone’ has many different connotations. To an adolescent, it may imply an adult who supervises at a school dance or a date. To a scientist, it may imply a protein that assists in the folding and unfolding of other structures. To a doctor, it is often unclear. The definition, roles and responsibilities of […]