Journal article

What female patients feel about the offer of a chaperone by a male sexual health practitioner

C Simanjuntak, R CummingS, MY Chen, H Williams, A Snow, CK Fairley

International Journal of STD & AIDS | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2009


The aim of this study was to determine the experience and views of female patients when they were offered a chaperone by a male sexual health practitioner for a genital examination. Between November 2007 and January 2008, an anonymous survey was administered to female patients seen by male practitioners at Melbourne Sexual Health Centre. None of the 79 (95% CI 0-5%) patients who were offered a chaperone and declined one reported that they were uncomfortable declining the offer. The qualitative analysis showed that some participants appreciated being offered the option of a chaperone even if they did not want one and that the professional attributes of the practitioner influenced their decisi..

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