• Vol. 38 No. 10, 920–921
  • 15 October 2009

Chaperoning Medical Students During the Physical Examination of Patients



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The Singapore Medical Council recommends that a female chaperone be present when male doctors examine female patients to protect patients’ rights to dignity and privacy, and doctors from accusations of molestation. In some instances, female doctors examining patients without chaperones may also be subjected to harassment by male patients. The chaperoning of medical students during a patient’s examination and extent of harassment of female medical students by male patients has not been examined locally before. We determined the proportion of male medical students who have examined female patients without a chaperone and female medical students who have been harassed by male patients before.

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