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Use of chaperones for intimate examinations in the emergency department
  1. Christopher Hands1,
  2. Jessica Thomas2,
  3. Daniel Sokol3,
  4. Manaf Khatib4,
  5. Dilshad Marikar5,
  6. Timothy Little4,
  7. Nafeesa Mitha4,
  8. Rouchelle Sriranjan1,
  9. Daniel Yarwood4,
  10. Shairbanu Zinna6
  1. 1St George's Hospital, London UK
  2. 2Paediatrics, University College Hospital, London, UK
  3. 3Department of Medical Education, St George's, University of London, London, UK
  4. 4St George's, University of London, UK
  5. 5Barnet and chase Farm Hospitals, London, UK
  6. 6Wiliam Harvey Hospital, AshFord, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Christopher Hands, St George's, Hospital University of London, 29, Marlborough Road, Colliers Wood London SW19 2HF; christopherhands{at}

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Two recent studies investigating the use of chaperones and chaperone policies in UK emergency departments suggest that the vast majority of departments do not have a formal chaperone policy.1 2 Furthermore, one of the studies suggests that doctors regularly conduct intimate examinations on patients without a chaperone being present.2

We report the results of an audit of junior doctors' use of chaperones for …

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.