Same-sex attracted women and their relationship with GPs : identity, risk and disclosure.
Published : 2010
Patient-doctor relationships between same-sex attracted women and general practitioners (GPs) have been presented as problematic in the literature. The problems arise from women’s concerns about the potential for negative attitudes amongst GPs. They also relate to GPs’ concerns about offending patients if they ask about sexual orientation due to the stigmatised nature of minority sexual orientation. As a result, disclosure of sexual orientation can be difficult and the patient-doctor relationship can be compromised. The aim of this study was to explore the nature of patient-doctor relationships in this context and how optimal relationships can be achieved. Using a critical hermeneutic approa..View full abstract