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NCJ Number: 228785 Find in a Library
Title: Toward Instituting a Chaperone Policy in Outpatient Pediatric Clinics
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:33  Issue:10  Dated:October 2009  Pages:709-716
Author(s): Kenneth W. Feldman; Carol Jenkins; Tyler Laney; Kristy Seidel
Date Published: October 2009
Page Count: 8
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This observational study examined a draft chaperone policy for implementation at outpatient pediatric clinics and sought to determine whether the policy was acceptable to patients, their caretakers, and to the hospital staff.
Abstract: Although most offers of hospital staff examination chaperones were declined, patients and their families appeared to appreciate the offer. Clinicians often were not aware they had made sensitive inquiries, but were more accurate judging whether they had conducted sensitive exams. Patient and parent opinions about what constitutes sensitive inquiries and examinations and preferences for or against chaperone use varied unpredictably. This suggests that clinicians should inquire about their patients' individual preferences. Both the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statements on the use of chaperones during examinations were used to develop a policy specifying that chaperones should be offered for examinations involving contact with sensitive body areas, but the patient’s and the family's wishes for chaperones were to be respected. This draft policy was evaluated by an observational study of 117 outpatient pediatric clinic patients. The study sought to evaluate child, parent, and medical provider preferences for chaperones for outpatient encounters and to evaluate the acceptability and frequency of utilization following institution of a chaperone policy. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Child abuse detection
Index Term(s): Medical and dental services; Medical evaluation; Physician child abuse neglect role
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