This recent case from the Chicago suburbs highlights the problems that patients face when there is inappropriate behavior by their gynecologist.

  1. There is an imbalance of power between doctors and patients, or the doctor and the nurses and other staff.
  2. Patients feel like they can’t report what’s happening, so minor incidents go undiscovered.
  3. Patients may be in a sedated state or unable to tell what’s actually happening during the examination or procedures, but know something made them uncomfortable.

To prevent major cases, medical organizations should encourage patient feedback and address each and every case in a professional way. Likewise, patients should ask providers what protocols they have in place to prevent misconduct. If your medical office is serious about addressing and preventing sexual misconduct, Redirect can help.