Please don't touch me there: the ethics of intimate examinations: How medical students are being taught at University of Antwerp

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7402.1327 (Published 12 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1327
  1. Kristin Hendrickx (kristin.hendrickx@pandora.be), general practitioner,
  2. Benedicte De Winter, assistant, skills laboratory,
  3. Jean-Jacques Wyndaele, professor of urology
  1. University of Antwerp, 2610 Wilrijk, Belgium

    EDITOR—Coldicott et al highlight concerns about teaching intimate examinations.1 Our current programme for fifth year medical students could serve as a model for dealing with these legitimate problems. The project was approved by our ethics committee.

    Twenty healthy volunteers were recruited as intimate examination assistants and screened for their characteristics and motivation. All gave their signed informed …

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