Approved: June 25, 2008
Revised: June, 2014
It is recommended that physicians have a chaperone present when conducting intimate examinations of patients. Pelvic and breast examinations can be particularly sensitive for many female patients. At times physicians are required by the CPSA to have a chaperone present during the examination of patients.
Some physicians have a person with a medical background working in their offices or clinics but many physicians do not. Non-medical personnel may be asked to chaperone an examination but may not have the medical knowledge to determine the appropriateness of the examination. This can be additionally complicated by the fact that in many circumstances the chaperone is in the employ of the physician and may feel hesitant to comment if they have concerns.
The CPSA has developed a training course for chaperones to help them understand the roles and responsibilities of a chaperone. This course is available to any of the physician’s office staff. The CPSA may require that a physician send a staff member to this course.
Chaperones should make a notation on the patient’s medical record to indicate that they were in attendance. At times, the College will require that chaperone logs be provided to the College to confirm attendance of a chaperone for the examination of patients.