A CROSS-SECTIONAL SURVEY OF PATIENTS ATTITUDE TOWARDS VAGINAL EXAMINATION AND CHAPERONE AT KING EDWARD HOSPITAL

Okezie Amaechina, Harry Ramnarain

Abstract


Vaginal examination is intrusive and intimate. Practice as a health care professional is based upon a relationship of mutual trust between patients and health care practitioners. Development of such trust may be challenged in our context where a patient may be seen by four different doctors in a space of about 4 weeks. Knowing how women perceive this sensitive examination will help us understand our patient better with a view to improving care & approach to patients.

Semi-structured questionnaire will be used to collect data from women who visit King Edward VIII hospital for either pregnancy related reasons or gynaecological problems. Out of an estimated population of 5000 patients, purpose sampling will be carried out until 400 patients are sampled (giving 5% margin of error). Data collected will be analysed with SPSS version 19. The analysis shall be descriptive, providing summary statistics.