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 medical chaperones are not well defined in Canada. As it currently stands, there is no uniformity as to how and when medical chaperones should be used for general and/or intimate examinations of adolescents. This lack of guidance has led to confusion, and wide variation and inconsistencies in physicians’ practices.
Intimate examinations involving the genitalia and/or breasts are often embarrassing and uncomfortable for patients of all ages, but especially for adolescents who are going through rapid changes in body structure, as well as physiological, psychological and social functioning. What may be considered a routine examination to physicians and nurses may not be perceived the same way by patients. For adolescents who are preoccupied with their changing bodies, self-conscious about their appearance and longing for increased privacy, any examination in which we ask them to remove clothing can potentially cause distress. As physicians who provide care to adolescents, our role should be to relieve their distress and advocate for the delivery of developmentally sensitive and confidential care that respects their need for privacy. You can shop with a reliable pharmacy – buy cipro online right now to pay less for high quality.