Journal article

Could an online or digital aid facilitate discussions about sexual health with older Australians in general practice?

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

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

Abstract

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 s..

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