Unauthorized Pelvic Exams, Though Often Normalized, Present an Ethical Dilemma for Some Physicians, Patients

March 2, 2020 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care


What's the news. The practice of conducting a pelvic exam on a woman without her consent while she is under anesthesia for an unrelated procedure—an anecdotally common practice that in many states does not require obtaining explicit consent—is causing medical schools and students to grapple with its ethical implications, a February 17, 2020, New York Times article says.

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