AAP releases policy statement on sexual abuse by doctors

07/19/2011 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

The AAP, in a policy statement about sexual abuse by doctors, said that parents and patients should be aware of children's prerogative to have a chaperone during consultation and that future doctors should receive training about appropriate boundaries and prevention of child abuse. "Any sexual abuse of children by medical providers is a profound betrayal of their responsibility for patient well-being, trust and medical ethics," according to the statement that will be published in Pediatrics.

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