Journal article

'That might be a bit sexy for somebody your age': Older adult sexual health conversations in primary care

Sue Malta, Meredith Temple-Smith, Adrian Bickerstaffe, Louise Bourchier, Jane Hocking

Australasian Journal on Ageing | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Many older adults are sexually active, and STIs are rising amongst this cohort. In primary care, sexual health discussions are limited as health-care practitioners commonly assume older patients aged 60+ are not sexually active or are unwilling to discuss sex. Studies have either examined patient or clinician views, but not both. OBJECTIVE: This study investigates sexual health discussions in general practice. It is unique in that it sought perspectives of different groups: older patients, health-care professionals and key informants. RESULTS: Qualitative interviews revealed that older patients expect clinicians to bring up sexual concerns, whereas clinicians prefer older patient..

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