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Women’s opinions regarding gynaecological examination in a hospital

Iwona Dziobek, Dorota Branecka-Woźniak, Elwira Berezowska, Dorota Ćwiek, Katarzyna Szymoniak, Witold Malinowski
Ginekol Pol 2009;80(7).

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Summary A visit to the gynaecologist is connected with considerable embarrassment and stress for most women. Aim of the research: To ascertain patients’ opinions about gynaecological examination, frequency of visits, and doctors’ attitudes towards patients. Material and methods: A hundred women from Western-Pomeranian region underwent an anonymous examination. The women were divided into three age groups: 20-40, 41–60 and 61+. The study was carried out in two hospital clinics of the Pomeranian Medical University: the Clinic of Procreation and Gynaecology and the Clinic of Obstetric and Gynaecology, between 2006-2007. Results: 70% of the respondents find the gynaecological examination embarrassing and stressful. According to patients, the most unpleasant moment during their visit to the gynaecologist is time spent in the gynaecological chair (47%) and preparation for the examination (30%), whereas the least embarrassing moment is the gynaecological examination itself (21%). However, the most embarrassing moment of the examination is vaginal examination (40%), rectal examination (33%), colposcopy (27%), and breast examination (2%). All the women stated that gynaecological examination is necessary; with 40% of them having examinations once every twelve months, 32% once every six months, 9% once every twenty-four months and 19% even more seldom. Sense of safety and psychical comfort during the examination is ensured by the presence of a qualified midwife (46%), presence of another doctor (9%), privacy (only the doctor and the patient are present) (36%). 53% of the respondents stated that the doctor ensures intimacy during the examination and 47% gave negative answer. Analysis of the doctor’s gender indicated that 56% women prefer to be examined by a woman, 37% by a man, and 7% find the gender to be of no importance. The respondents would prefer if the doctor were nice, good-tempered and communicative. Conclusions: 1. Gynaecological examination is embarrassing and stressful for women and that is why patients expect the gynaecologist to ensure intimacy and sense of safety during the examination, as well as a pleasant individual approach to a patient, and presence of a midwife. 2. The most embarrassing moment is climbing to the gynaecological chair and the most unpleasant moment is the vaginal examination. 3. The fact that women go to the gynaecologist so rarely is particularly worrisome

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Summary A visit to the gynaecologist is connected with considerable embarrassment and stress for most women. Aim of the research: To ascertain patients’ opinions about gynaecological examination, frequency of visits, and doctors’ attitudes towards patients. Material and methods: A hundred women from Western-Pomeranian region underwent an anonymous examination. The women were divided into three age groups: 20-40, 41–60 and 61+. The study was carried out in two hospital clinics of the Pomeranian Medical University: the Clinic of Procreation and Gynaecology and the Clinic of Obstetric and Gynaecology, between 2006-2007. Results: 70% of the respondents find the gynaecological examination embarrassing and stressful. According to patients, the most unpleasant moment during their visit to the gynaecologist is time spent in the gynaecological chair (47%) and preparation for the examination (30%), whereas the least embarrassing moment is the gynaecological examination itself (21%). However, the most embarrassing moment of the examination is vaginal examination (40%), rectal examination (33%), colposcopy (27%), and breast examination (2%). All the women stated that gynaecological examination is necessary; with 40% of them having examinations once every twelve months, 32% once every six months, 9% once every twenty-four months and 19% even more seldom. Sense of safety and psychical comfort during the examination is ensured by the presence of a qualified midwife (46%), presence of another doctor (9%), privacy (only the doctor and the patient are present) (36%). 53% of the respondents stated that the doctor ensures intimacy during the examination and 47% gave negative answer. Analysis of the doctor’s gender indicated that 56% women prefer to be examined by a woman, 37% by a man, and 7% find the gender to be of no importance. The respondents would prefer if the doctor were nice, good-tempered and communicative. Conclusions: 1. Gynaecological examination is embarrassing and stressful for women and that is why patients expect the gynaecologist to ensure intimacy and sense of safety during the examination, as well as a pleasant individual approach to a patient, and presence of a midwife. 2. The most embarrassing moment is climbing to the gynaecological chair and the most unpleasant moment is the vaginal examination. 3. The fact that women go to the gynaecologist so rarely is particularly worrisome
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physical examination, patients opinions, Research, analysis

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Title

Women’s opinions regarding gynaecological examination in a hospital

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Ginekologia Polska

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Vol 80, No 7 (2009)

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Ginekol Pol 2009;80(7).

Keywords

physical examination
patients opinions
Research
analysis

Authors

Iwona Dziobek
Dorota Branecka-Woźniak
Elwira Berezowska
Dorota Ćwiek
Katarzyna Szymoniak
Witold Malinowski

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