Breast examination is one of the most common intimate examinations performed by plastic surgeons. These examinations would normally be performed in the presence of a chaperone. Chaperones are used for three main reasons: firstly to protect patients from improper behaviour by doctors, secondly to protect doctors from improper behaviour by patients and finally as medico-legal evidence of the event.
- General Medical Council
in: Duties of a doctor 2002. GMC, London2002
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