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The training needs of general practitioners in the exploration of sexual health matters and providing sexual healthcare to lesbian, gay and bisexual patients.
Med Teach. 2013 Sep; 35(9):752-9.MT

Abstract

BACKGROUND

General practitioners (GPs) have been identified as a key resource for people with sexual health concerns. However, research indicates that general practitioners feel unprepared to deal with sexual health, especially with lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) patients.

AIM

To identify the training needs of general practitioners in the exploration of sexual health matters and providing sexual healthcare to lesbian, gay and bisexual patients.

METHODS

Qualitative methodology using topic-guided interviews and focus groups with general practitioners and lesbian, gay, bisexual community members in Ireland. In addition, final year medical students at University College Cork completed a mixed-methods survey.

RESULTS

General practitioner participants rarely broached sexual health topics, and were unaware of the sexual orientation of their patients or the specific health needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual patients. Participants identified numerous barriers to the discussion of sexual health. To overcome these barriers, respondents recommended better medical training using a variety of methods to increase awareness of sexual and LGB health issues.

CONCLUSION

General practitioners in Ireland lack awareness of the unique health issues of lesbian, gay and bisexual patients and it is, therefore, essential that medical training programs develop better training curricula in sexual health and LGB health issues.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University College Cork, Ireland. dbstott@umn.edu

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23808564

Citation

Stott, Don Brandon. "The Training Needs of General Practitioners in the Exploration of Sexual Health Matters and Providing Sexual Healthcare to Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Patients." Medical Teacher, vol. 35, no. 9, 2013, pp. 752-9.
Stott DB. The training needs of general practitioners in the exploration of sexual health matters and providing sexual healthcare to lesbian, gay and bisexual patients. Med Teach. 2013;35(9):752-9.
Stott, D. B. (2013). The training needs of general practitioners in the exploration of sexual health matters and providing sexual healthcare to lesbian, gay and bisexual patients. Medical Teacher, 35(9), 752-9. https://doi.org/10.3109/0142159X.2013.801943
Stott DB. The Training Needs of General Practitioners in the Exploration of Sexual Health Matters and Providing Sexual Healthcare to Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Patients. Med Teach. 2013;35(9):752-9. PubMed PMID: 23808564.
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