Effective Chaperoning in Clinical Settings Training


The following Effective Chaperoning in Clinical Settings Training is designed to educate healthcare providers (HCP) on the role of a chaperone in clinical settings. Chaperoning is an essential practice in healthcare, aimed at safeguarding the dignity, privacy, and comfort of patients during clinical examinations and procedures. Chaperoning also serves to protect healthcare providers by maintaining professional boundaries and ensuring transparency in patient care. 

What you will learn:

  • Legal implications of chaperoning
  • Effective communication techniques between patient, healthcare provider, and chaperone
  • How cultural sensitivities impact patient interactions with chaperones
  • Procedures for dealing with sensitive interactions that may arise during medical examinations
  • The importance of maintaining professionalism at all times as a chaperone
  • Documentation requirements when acting as a chaperone
  • Best practice guidelines for chaperoning

Chaperone Course Details

Course length: 45 minutes. CME: 0.75

Languages: American English

Key features: Audio narration, learning activity, and post-assessment.

American Medical Compliance is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical  Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education to physicians. Our Continuing Medical Education (CME) program is committed to enhancing the knowledge, skills, and professional performance of healthcare providers to improve healthcare outcomes. Through high-quality educational activities, we aim to address the identified educational gaps to support the continuous professional development of our medical community. American Medical Compliance designates this activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim this credit for their complete participation in this activity.

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Chaperoning Requirement for Sensitive Examinations

Any Oregon Medical Board licensee must offer to make a trained chaperone physically present for any sensitive medical examination. This requirement underscores the importance of protecting patient dignity and ensuring a safe, respectful environment during medical procedures that may involve physical exposure or intimate contact. Sensitive medical examinations can include, but are not limited to, gynecological exams, rectal exams, and breast exams.

These procedures often involve a higher degree of vulnerability for patients, making the presence of a chaperone crucial for their comfort and reassurance. A trained chaperone acts as an impartial observer during the examination, providing support and maintaining professional boundaries. Their presence helps to foster a sense of security for the patient, reduces the risk of misunderstandings or complaints, and upholds the integrity of the clinical interaction. Healthcare providers are required to proactively offer the presence of a chaperone before commencing any sensitive examination.

It is essential to communicate this offer clearly and respectfully, ensuring that the patient understands their right to accept or decline the chaperone’s presence. 

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