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I work in the medical training industry where we provide live simulated patients to train medical students and advanced nursing students on how to be respectful and courteous while performing sensitive personal exams on patients. I am also a BPH patient myself and have endured invasive physical exams myself
Unlike most women who seek medical preventive care every year, especially during their child bearing years, most men avoid going to a doctor until they exhibit serious symptoms so it is not unusual for a man of 50, 55, or even 60 to have not had a physical exam in decades. It seems that most of us do not want to admit that we are aging and our bodies are beginning to fail us.
Going to urologist for the first time can be stressful on a number of levels both physical and psychological. So I would like to ask the men in this group for what your medical providers said or did (or did not do) to make you feel comfortable and keep you keep your dignity. What did they get right and what they got wrong. What upset you most? How much privacy did you receive? Did the gender of the urologist or nurse practioner matter? Were other personnel present during your exams either to assist or act as a chaperone?
If you could give any advice to a future doctor or nurse practioner on how to make such exams more comfortable for the patient what would it be?
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