Dialogue Volume 14 Issue 4 2018 - Page 43

PRACTICE PARTNER PRACTICE POINTS The College often receives complaints from patients about physician communications. We regularly present, in this column, themes and issues we see in the context of our regulatory work including Complaints and Discipline cases. A Sensitive, Deliberate Approach to Draping F or some patients, the prospect of disrobing for a physical exam can be a source of fear, anxiety and embarrassment. For that reason, the College urges physicians to be sensitive to patient stress and find the right bal- ance between draping, in order to preserve patient modesty and exposure when it is necessary to access areas of the patient’s body that need examination. Recently, Drs. Jaideep S. Talwalkar and Joseph Donroe, two internal medicine spe- cialists from the Yale School of Medicine, created a video published by JoVE Science Education Database, which demonstrates proper draping and gowning techniques in order to minimize any misunderstanding. Dr. Talwalkar told Dialogue that the video was created to help students learn a sensitive and deliberate approach to drap- ing while learning physical examination. “We hoped that by building sensitivity and awareness of draping into our teaching as part of the exam right from the start, we will help students develop good habits as they learn and practise. We want to be sure that students do not compromise their ex- amination out of concern for not knowing how to drape,” he said. The video makes clear, right from the start, that the proper use of drapes is an important component of correctly perform- ISSUE 4, 2018 DIALOGUE 43