Journal article

Do you talk to your older patients about sexual health? Health practitioners' knowledge of, and attitudes towards, management of sexual health among older Australians

Sue Malta, Jane Hocking, Jenni Lyne, Declan McGavin, Jesse Hunter, Adrian Bickerstaffe, Meredith Temple-Smith

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF GENERAL PRACTICE | ROYAL AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE GENERAL PRACTITIONERS | Published : 2018

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Research suggests that older patients want to talk about sexual health, but are reluctant to initiate these discussions with health practitioners. Little is known of the practitioners’ perspectives. The objective of this study was to explore health practitioners’ knowledge of and attitudes towards management of sexual health among older patients. METHOD: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 general practitioners (GPs) and six practice nurses in rural/metropolitan general practices in March to June 2017 in Victoria, Australia. RESULTS: Most GPs believed it was appropriate to discuss sexual health with older patients but did not routinely do so. Common b..

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