Thursday, September 4, 2008

Patient Modesty

I received an email requesting a blog on a topic which needs to be addressed more openly: Patient Modesty.

While this is a very sensitive topic many feel that it needs to be more openly addressed. In researching this subject I was very surprised, and in some cases shocked, at some stories I read on behavior that ranged from inappropriate to outright sexual misconduct. These stories came from both persons in the healthcare profession, whether it was a nurse or doctor, and patients.

To open the dialog on this subject I would like to ask two questions:

1. How would you handle a situation if a doctor or nurse acted inappropriately in your presence (as either a patient or attending nurse/physician)?

2. What would you do if a patient trusted you enough to report misconduct of a colleague of yours?

For more information on the subject, please visit the following blog:
http://bioethicsdiscussion.blogspot.com/2006/05/patient-modesty-more-significant-issue_11.html

3 comments:

Dee said...

I definitely agree that this subject should be addressed here because doctors, nurses, writers, professionals of all types and patients would contribute greatly on this subject of Patient Modesty.

Misty said...

This is a serious issue. There are some horrible modesty violation cases that some people have submitted at http://www.patientmodesty.org/modesty.aspx. There is a lot of good information on Medical Patient Modesty.

muscleman said...

I worked at a hospital once and in the Medical
intensive care unit the nurses staff bathroom was
covered with pornography from playgirl
magazine, full nude foldouts of nude males. The
entire nursing staff was female. Who are the
perverts now?