Patient Modesty: Volume 9
Continuing on from Patient Modesty: Volume 8, the current ongoing discussion was about the discomfort of some male patients to be examined or procedures carried out by female healthcare providers or their female assistants because of physical modesty issues. Described in the postings are examples where for one reason or another, the patients can’t request and receive the same gender providers with whom they would be more comfortable. It seems that providers and institutions fail to consider these patient’s rights of privacy. I changed the context of the discussion a bit with the following question:
I am interested in learning about the specificity of the privacy/physical modesty concerns related to the healthcare provider's gender. What I want to ask those who have concerns about their physical modesty and/or privacy, how do they feel with regard to sensitive historical privacy with regard to the provider's gender. Would it make any difference in the gender selection of a provider if intimate questions are being asked or may be asked of the patient. For example, regarding sexuality or sexual practices or other aspects of the sexual history, if these questions were asked in a professional manner and were a necessary component of the patient's medical history? (I don't mean in an office visit for a simple "cold", the provider asks whether the patient masturbates regularly!) Or, in terms of general privacy, would responding to questions about financial worries in a depressed patient or marital discord issues require gender selection? … So.. is there also gender selection concern in history taking?
Go to Volume 8 to read visitors’ responses to my question but now continue the discussions here since that Volume is now closed for further comments. ..Maurice.
Graphic: Cupidon by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905} from Wikipedia
AS OF NOW ON FEBRUARY 24 2009 THIS THREAD WILL BE CLOSED FOR ALL COMMENTS. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO WRITE ANY FURTHER COMMENTS HERE. PLEASE GO TO "PATIENT MODESTY: VOLUME 10" TO CONTINUE COMMENTS. ..Maurice.