Journal article

Could an online or digital aid facilitate discussions about sexual health with older Australians in general practice? Australian Journal of General Practice

S Malta, Meredith Temple-Smith, Jesse Hunter, Jenni LYNE, Declan McGavin, Adrian Bickerstaffe, Jane Hocking

Australian Journal of General Practice | Racgp | Published : 2018


Background and objectives Older patients want to discuss sexual health with general practitioners (GPs) but feel uncomfortable doing so, as do their GPs. Online and digital aids (ODAs) are used in other clinical contexts and could provide an effective tool to overcome this discomfort. The aim of this study was to explore health practitioners’ views on the type of ODA that could be used to facilitate sexual health discussions between older patients (aged ≥60 years) and health practitioners. Methods Thirty-seven interviews were conducted in Victoria, Australia, between March and June, 2017. Participants comprised 15 GPs, 12 practice nurses or practice managers and 10 key informants (five in se..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This paper reports on the findings from the Sexual Health and Ageing, Perspectives and Education (SHAPE) Project supported by a seeding grant from the Hallmark Ageing Research Initiative