Category: Medical Chaperones

Medical Chaperones

Hillsboro Pediatric Clinic wants everyone who comes through our doors to feel respect and dignity accessing care at this medical home. We offer medical chaperones for any sensitive physical exam and upon request to ensure our patients feel comfortable.

What is a Sensitive Exam?

A sensitive exam involves areas covered by a swim suit – genitals, anus, and chest.

What is a medical chaperone?

A medical chaperone is a professional who is trained to observe clinical exams, especially of sensitive “swim suit areas” like genitals, butt, and breasts. Medical chaperones are present to help a patient feel comfortable during what can be an awkward experience. They are also there to witness events should there be any misunderstandings or concern about what took place.

Why is HPC offering medical chaperones?

As of July 2023, the Oregon Medical Board requires all board-certified clinicians to offer a trained medical chaperone for any sensitive exam. You should be offered a medical chaperone every time a sensitive exam is needed, regardless of patient age or medical specialty.

May I decline a chaperone?

Yes. Parents and guardians have the right to decline a medical chaperone for children under 15 years old. In general, minors who are 15 years or older are able to consent to medical services without parental consent in Oregon, so patients 15 years and older have the right to decide for themselves to request or decline a medical chaperone.

May I change my mind and decide I want a medical chaperone?

Yes! If at first you said “no, thank you”, you can request a medical chaperone at any time during your exam.

May I be the medical chaperone for my child?

A medical chaperone should be someone the patient does not know outside the clinic. Parents will still be present for exams of younger children, and older patients can decide if they want a parent or friend with them.

May I request a specific chaperone?

Let us know your preference – like if you prefer a female or male medical chaperone, or someone who speaks a particular language. However, we may not be able to accommodate your request