Chaperone use amongst UK urological surgeons - an evaluation of current practice and opinion.

Modgil, V, Barratt, R, Summerton, D J and Muneer, Abbas (2016) Chaperone use amongst UK urological surgeons - an evaluation of current practice and opinion. Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, 98 (4). pp. 268-9. ISSN 1478-7083.

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Introduction Intimate examinations are routinely performed by urologists as part of clinical practice. To protect patients and doctors, the General Medical Council offers guidance on the use of chaperones for intimate examinations. We assessed the opinions and use of chaperones amongst members of the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS). Methods An online questionnaire comprising 12 questions on the use of chaperones in clinical practice was sent to all full, trainee and speciality doctor members of BAUS. Results The questionnaire had a response rate of 26% (n=331). The majority of respondents were consultant urologists, comprising 78.8% (n=261), with a wide range of years of experience. Of the respondents, 38.9% were not aware of the GMC guidance on chaperones. While 72.5% always used a chaperone., 22.9% never use a chaperone when the patient was of the same sex. Chaperones were most commonly used for intimate examinations (64.6%), and for examinations involving members of the opposite sex (77.3%). A majority of respondents felt that chaperones protect both the patient (77.3%), and the doctor (96.6%). However, 42.5% did not feel that using a chaperone assists the doctor's examination, and some (17.2%) participants felt that chaperones were unnecessary. Conclusions This study shows considerable variability amongst urologists in their use of chaperones. A significant proportion of respondents were not aware of the GMC guidelines and did not regularly use a chaperone during an intimate examination. In addition, practice appears to be gender biased. Further study and education is suggested.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WJ Urogenital system. Urology
Depositing User: Mrs Adele Creak
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2017 10:27
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2017 12:35

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