Avoid risk of being accused of assault

Large numbers of doctors continue to seek advice after receiving complaints following an intimate examination. Dr Richard Brittain offers some useful advice.

Doctors are routinely required to examine the most intimate areas of a patient’s body. While this may be an everyday occurrence for private practitioners, these procedures can, of course, often be embarrassing or distressing for patients.

No doctor wishes to be on the receiving end of an allegation of inappropriate behaviour or, worse, sexual assault. So it is crucial to approach these examinations in the right way to ensure the patient is as comfortable as they can be and that they fully understand what to expect.