Considering the needs of patients during sensitive examinations
Intimate physical examinations can be physically and emotionally uncomfortable for patients. Commended physicians are attentive to the needs of patients when conducting these examinations. Essential steps include informing patients that they are entitled to have a friend or family member present during examinations, providing adequate privacy and draping for patients, and seeking the patient’s explicit consent if third parties such as nurses or medical students will be present during the examination.
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