AAP updates guidelines on medical chaperones

04/26/2011 | Reuters

The AAP, in an updated policy statement published in Pediatrics, said pediatricians should offer young children and teens a medical chaperone during pelvic, rectal and other intimate physical examinations when the patients' parents are absent to protect them against the possibility of child abuse and to avoid misinterpretations of abuse when the doctors' behavior is appropriate. According to the guidelines, the chaperone should be a nurse or medical assistant to ensure confidentiality and patients should be given the option to skip the exam when chaperones are not available.

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