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"Medical Chaperone Training: A Case for Implementation"

PBI Education

Contact: Catherine V. Caldicott, MD, FACP, Senior Faculty, Regulatory Liaison, & Consultant for Special Projects,

Poster Author
Catherine V. Caldicott, MD, FACP

Medical chaperones can play a critical role in healthcare professional accountability and patient safety. Recent controversies over the effectiveness—and even appropriateness—of chaperones has caused some state licensing boards to abandon the practice of ordering them. Nevertheless, the potential for chaperones to dually function as both an effective monitoring resource for boards and a valued member of a healthcare team appears to be untapped and under-explored. Most chaperones lack formal training, as few medical chaperone training programs exist. Moreover, many boards lack systems and criteria for vetting, approving, and implementing chaperones to serve in the context of either an investigation or license probation.

To advance efforts to integrate and elevate chaperones as members of a healthcare team and protect the public, PBI Education developed an online Medical Chaperone Training Program (CTP). We describe the process by which the CTP was developed and then situate the training as but one component of a model chaperone monitoring system that boards may wish to consider as a way to increase the effectiveness of their monitoring reach.

Key Points
  • Formal chaperone training can elevate the chaperone into the team orientation and empower the chaperone to serve as part of a larger regulatory chaperone monitoring system.

  • Clear definitions of different types of chaperones and their roles are critical to advancing the conversation about their usefulness and effectiveness.

  • Boards may wish to include in their “for the public” webpages a definition of a medical chaperone, including when and why they are used, to avoid public misunderstandings and provide education regarding chaperones as an arm of the boards’ mission to protect the public.

  • A board’s chaperone monitoring system should include internal processes for chaperone vetting and approval, performance criteria, a reporting mechanism, and a formal training requirement in order to equalize performance expectations.

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