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dc.contributor.authorSimonis, M
dc.contributor.authorManocha, R
dc.contributor.authorOng, JJ
dc.date.accessioned2021-02-05T01:06:14Z
dc.date.available2021-02-05T01:06:14Z
dc.date.issued2016-01-01
dc.identifierpii: bmjopen-2016-013010
dc.identifier.citationSimonis, M., Manocha, R. & Ong, J. J. (2016). Female genital cosmetic surgery: a cross-sectional survey exploring knowledge, attitude and practice of general practitioners. BMJ OPEN, 6 (9), https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013010.
dc.identifier.issn2044-6055
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11343/260271
dc.description.abstractOBJECTIVE: To explore general practitioner's (GP) knowledge, attitudes and practice regarding female genital cosmetic surgery (FGCS) in Australia. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey. SETTING: Australia. SAMPLE: GPs who attended a women's health seminar and GPs who subscribed to a non-governmental, national health professional organisation database that provides education to primary care professionals. METHOD: A national online survey of GPs was conducted for the 10-week period, starting 1 week prior and 2 months after a Women's Health seminar was held in Perth on 8 August 2015. 31 questions prompted GPs' knowledge, attitudes and practice in managing patients asking about FGCS. RESULTS: The survey was fully completed by 443 GPs; 54% had seen patients requesting FGCS. Overall, 75% (95% CI 71% to 79%) of GPs rated their knowledge of FGCS as inadequate and 97% (95% CI 94% to 99%) had been asked by women of all ages about genital normality. Of those who had seen patients requesting FGCS, nearly half (44%, 95% CI 38% to 51%) reported they had insufficient knowledge of risks of FGCS procedures and 35% (95% CI 29% to 41%) reported seeing females younger than 18 years of age requesting FGCS. Just over half (56%, 95% CI 51% to 60%) of the GPs felt that women should be counselled before making a referral for FGCS. More than half the GPs suspected psychological disturbances in their patients requesting FGCS such as depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties and body dysmorphic disorder. CONCLUSIONS: GPs see women of all ages presenting with genital anatomy concerns and in those who request FGCS, GPs often suspected a range of mental health difficulties. GPs require greater education to support their patients who request FGCS.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherBMJ PUBLISHING GROUP
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0
dc.titleFemale genital cosmetic surgery: a cross-sectional survey exploring knowledge, attitude and practice of general practitioners
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.identifier.doi10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013010
melbourne.affiliation.departmentMedical Education
melbourne.affiliation.facultyMedicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences
melbourne.source.titleBMJ Open
melbourne.source.volume6
melbourne.source.issue9
dc.rights.licenseCC BY-NC
melbourne.elementsid1100486
melbourne.contributor.authorOng, Jason
dc.identifier.eissn2044-6055
melbourne.accessrightsOpen Access


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