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‘Business Dilemmas’

Sally Old

Dr Sally Old

Le Penseur de Rodin (Laeken - Belgique)A patient refuses to have a chaperone present for a breast examination – so what do you do? Dr Sally Old investigates





Dilemma 1

If she turns down a chaperone?

depressed teenage girl while her close girlfriend is comforting her

Q I am a male consultant who recently met a new patient for the first time. During the consultation, she informed me that she recently discovered a lump in her breast which she would like examined.

I offered a nurse chaperone but she declined, saying she was very embarrassed about baring her breast and consequently, would prefer just to have the doctor there.

However, I felt extremely uneasy about undertaking this examination without a chaperone present.

What would you advise?