'Talking of Sex': Developing and piloting a sexual health communication tool for use in primary care.

Macdowall, W; Parker, R; Nanchahal, K; Ford, C; Lowbury, R; Robinson, A; Sherrard, J; Martins, H; Fasey, N; Wellings, K; (2010) 'Talking of Sex': Developing and piloting a sexual health communication tool for use in primary care. Patient education and counseling, 81 (3). pp. 332-7. ISSN 0738-3991 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2010.10.027

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OBJECTIVE: To develop and pilot a communication aid aimed at increasing the frequency with which sexual health issues are raised proactively with young people in primary care.<br/> METHODS: Group interviews among primary health care professionals to guide development of the tool, simulated consultations to pre-test it, and a pilot study to assess effectiveness.<br/> RESULTS: We developed an electronic consultation aid: Talking of Sex and piloted it in eight general practices across the UK. 188 patients and 58 practitioners completed questionnaires pre-intervention, and 92 patients and 45 practitioners post-intervention. There was a modest increase in the proportion of consultations in which sexual health was raised, from 28.1% pre-intervention to 32.6% post-intervention. In consultations with nurses the rise was more marked. More patients reported discussing preventive practices such as condom use post-intervention. Patients unanimously welcomed the opportunity to discuss sexual health matters with their practitioner.<br/> CONCLUSION: The tool has capacity to increase the frequency with which sexual health is raised in primary care, particularly by nurses, to influence the topics discussed, and to improve patient satisfaction.<br/> PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: The tool has potential in increasing the proportion of young people whose sexual health needs are addressed in general practice.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Social and Environmental Health Research
PubMed ID: 21094013
Web of Science ID: 286295400003
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2038


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