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Sexual Health Services among Primary Healthcare Units in İstanbul [Erciyes Med J]
Erciyes Med J. 2015; 37(1): 19-25 | DOI: 10.5152/etd.2015.6436

Sexual Health Services among Primary Healthcare Units in İstanbul

Asya Banu Babaoğlu1, Selma Karabey2, Ahmet Topuzoğlu3
1Konak Public Health Center, Public Health, İzmir, Turkey
2Department of Public Health, İstanbul University Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey
3Department of Mental Health and Mental Diseases, Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Medicine, İzmir, Turkey

Objective: To evaluate factors that influence the frequency and quality of sexual health examinations performed by physicians working in Istanbul primary healthcare units and to develop auxiliary strategies based on these factors that would improve sexual healthcare.
Materials and Methods: In this cross-sectional study, a postal questionnaire was administered to a representative group of physicians working in primary healthcare units (i.e., family health centers) in Istanbul between January and February 2007.
Results: The response rate was 84.9%. While 84% of the physicians questioned the history of sexual health in their patients in case of a presence of a sexual health problem, only 8% questioned even if their patients reported any sexual health problems. Major barriers in obtaining a patient’s sexual health history included language and comprehension problems, lack of time, presence of the patient’s mother or other relatives during the evaluation, low level of patient education, and strong religious beliefs. Forty-two percent of the responding physicians shared the opinion that their pre-graduate training provided inadequate preparation for sexual health counseling, and 55.1% did not perform such counseling.
Conclusion: Major advancements toward the prevention of sexual disease and improvement of the population’s sexual health can be made by emphasizing the importance of sexual health in both pre- and post-graduate medical training, encouraging physicians to routinely ask their patients about their sexual health during examinations, and providing qualified consultancy services in primary healthcare units.

Keywords: Primary healthcare physicians, physiologic, sexuality, sexual dysfunctions, sexual disorders, sexually transmitted diseases

Asya Banu Babaoğlu, Selma Karabey, Ahmet Topuzoğlu. Sexual Health Services among Primary Healthcare Units in İstanbul. Erciyes Med J. 2015; 37(1): 19-25

Corresponding Author: Asya Banu Babaoğlu, Türkiye
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