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Chaperoning in genitourinary medicine clinics
  1. R Miller1,
  2. K Jones1,
  3. D Daniels2,
  4. G Forster3,
  5. M G Brook4
  1. 1Department of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Royal Free and University College Medical School, University College London, Mortimer Market Centre, London WC1E 6AU, UK
  2. 2West Middlesex Hospital Sexual Health Clinic, West Middlesex University Hospital, Isleworth TW7 6AF, UK
  3. 3Ambrose King Centre, The Royal London Hospital, London E1 1BB, UK
  4. 4Patrick Clements Clinic, Central Middlesex Hospital, London NW10 7NS, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Rob Miller;

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In 1996 the General Medical Council recommended, where possible, offering chaperones to patients during intimate examinations. This advice was incorporated into a report from a Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists working party.1 Subsequently, Torrance et al performed a postal survey of practice in 175 genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics in the United Kingdom.2 This study also concluded that chaperones should be offered to patients more widely during genital examinations in genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics.2 In contrast, other studies have shown that male patients are comfortable with genital examinations being performed by doctors of either sex,3 and …

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