- May 2, 2012
- Medical Student
What are the best ways to ask for permission prior to performing a chest or genital physical exam on patients of the opposite sex? Namely, would it be better to put the request plainly to avoid being accused of assault or using 'softer' words to avoid sounding preverse? I believe a chaperone in either case is essential but even so how do you prefer to ask patients without using jargon like palpation?