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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

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Chaperones protect both parties

  1. Charlotte Cohen, specialist registrar GU/HIV medicine (,
  2. Ken McLean, consultant GU/HIV medicine,
  3. Simon Barton, clinical director, department of GU/HIV medicine
  1. West London Centre for Sexual Health, Charing Cross Hospital, London W6 8RF
  2. Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London SW10 9NH

    EDITOR—The two papers on the use of chaperones in general practice are relevant to genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics, where intimate examinations are routine.1 2 In response to recent guidance we published and repeated a survey on patients' preferences for chaperones (table).35

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    Table 1

    Results of chaperoning survey. Values are numbers of patients unless otherwise …

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