Dr Shumaila Naz, Dr Arooj Zafar,Dr Himal Aziz Khan.
This study determines the attitudes and current practices of physicians regarding the use of chaperones in their daily clinical practice. A multi-centered study in four tertiary hospitals in Pakistan involving self-administered questionnaire of physicians in various medical disciplines was done. Main outcome measures were frequency of chaperone use, respondents’ views on mandatory chaperone use policy, preferred gender for the role of chaperone and main factors influencing the physicians’ attitude. Bivariate analyses were conducted. Of the 200 questionnaires distributed, 150 (75.0%) were returned. Majority, 74.4% recommended mandatory chaperone policy while 73.6% had never or occasionally used chaperone in their practice. The use of chaperones correlated with physicians’ age (p<0.05) but not with gender and years of practice. Although, majority, 73.6% preferred gender-specific chaperone, cross gender policy 49.2% was the most preference. Majority (94.4%) believed that whole body parts and/or breast and pelvic examination required mandatory chaperone policy implementation. Majority of physicians either had never or occasionally used chaperones in their practice. However, most agreed that presence of chaperone had been useful in their practice with higher predilection to cross gender policy. Keywords: Chaperone; Policy; Gender; Physician; Clinical Practice.