Written consent for intimate examinations undertaken by medical students in the operating theatre--time for national guidelines?

Martyn, F. and O'Connor, R. (2009) Written consent for intimate examinations undertaken by medical students in the operating theatre--time for national guidelines? Ir Med J, 102 (10). pp. 336-7. ISSN 0332-3102

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Abstract

The teaching of pelvic examinations to medical students is a challenge faced by most Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. It is an embarrassing and potentially painful procedure for the woman while she is awake. Elective gynaecological procedures under general anaesthesia are often seen as an ideal opportunity to teach pelvic examinations with least disturbance to the patient. Patients are aware that medical students need to learn and are often quiet willing to assist doctors in this teaching process. In our audit we found that 26% of women did not consent to a pelvic examination by a student while asleep. We also highlight the fact that only five other units in Ireland actually have a dedicated written consent form for patients undergoing intimate examinations under anaesthetic. A significant percentage of women will not agree to such an intimate examination and thus there is an urgent need for a national guideline regarding consent in these circumstances and full compliance.[on SciFinder (R)]

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: MEDLINE AN 2010062580(Journal; Article; (JOURNAL ARTICLE))
Depositing User: Colin Lowry
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2015 09:52
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/2866

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