Medical Chaperoning at a Tertiary Care Hospital in Saudi Arabia: Survey of Physicians
Journal of Medical Ethics 2009 December; 35(12): 729-32
BACKGROUND: Medical chaperones (MC) are underutilised. The influence of Islamic culture on the use of MC is not known. AIM: To examine physicians' use and perception of MC in Islamic culture. SETTING: A major tertiary care hospital in Saudi Arabia. METHODS: 315 self-administered questionnaires were distributed to attendees of grand rounds of 13 departments. RESULTS: 186 (59%) questionnaires were completed. 64.5% of the respondents were 30-49 years old, 75.8% were men and 31.2% were in training; 79% had a clinic load of under 50 patients per week and 47.8% had postgraduate training (PGT) in an Islamic country. MC were reported to be infrequently (
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