Journal article

Talking to healthcare providers about sex in later life: Findings from a qualitative study with older Australian men and women

Bianca Fileborn, Anthony Lyons, Wendy Heywood, Sharron Hinchliff, Sue Malta, Briony Dow, Graham Brown, Catherine Barrett, Victor Minichiello



Objective Healthcare providers (HCPs) can play an important role in supporting the sexual health of older adults; however, we know little about the experiences of older people in talking to HCPs about sex. This article examines older adults' experiences and perceptions of talking to HCPs about sex. Methods Semi‐structured interviews were conducted with 30 men and 23 women aged 60 and older recruited from a national, online survey of older Australians. Data were analysed using a thematic approach. Results Most participants did not discuss sex with their HCP, and their HCP did not raise it. For those who did discuss sex with a HCP, negative and stigmatising responses were common. Positive re..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The research was supported by funding from the Australian Research Council. The authors would like to acknowledge the contributions of Pauline Crameri to this project. This project was funded by the Australian Research Council (DP150100739). The authors declare no conflicts of interest.