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Use of chaperones in general practice

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 07 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:846

GPs try to balance doctors' and patients' needs

  1. Norma O'Flynn, clinical lecturer in general practice (,
  2. Nicky Britten, professor of applied health care research
  1. Charing Cross Campus, Imperial College London, London W6 8RP
  2. Peninsula Medical School, St Luke's Campus, Exeter EX1 2LU

    EDITOR—In two separate papers Rosenthal et al and Conway and Harvey studied the use of chaperones in general practice settings.1 2 Conway and Harvey say that chaperones are used for the protection of the doctor rather than the patient. We have found that practitioners who perform vaginal examinations feel that they are juggling competing interests when deciding on …

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