Robinson, ME, Prior, J, Mallen, CD and Shepherd, TA (2023) Knowledge, attitudes and practice of female genital mutilation and cutting: An observational cross-sectional study in primary care (FGM/C Study). BJGP Open. ISSN 2398-3795

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<jats:sec><jats:title>Background</jats:title><jats:p>Female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) describes procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. Increasing migration means many communities living in the UK originate from countries where FGM/C is practiced. Consequently, clinicians in the UK are increasingly exposed to women and children who have experienced FGM/C.</jats:p></jats:sec><jats:sec><jats:title>Aim</jats:title><jats:p>To explore the knowledge, attitudes and practice of primary care general practitioners and practice nurses about FGM/C.</jats:p></jats:sec><jats:sec><jats:title>Design &amp; setting</jats:title><jats:p>An observational cross-sectional study with general practitioners (GPs) and practice nurses (PNs) working in primary care in the West Midlands, United Kingdom.</jats:p></jats:sec><jats:sec><jats:title>Method</jats:title><jats:p>An online survey was circulated to GPs and PNs between September 2019 and December 2019.</jats:p></jats:sec><jats:sec><jats:title>Results</jats:title><jats:p>137 survey responses were received. Study participants were predominantly female (81.8%) and general practitioners (59.9%) with a mean age of 47.3 (SD =9.1). 19.7% of responders reported seeing more than one patient with FGM/C in the last 12 months. 91% of responders had received some form of FGM/C training; however the format and frequency of training varied and 34.3% felt they had received inadequate training to manage treatment of FGM/C.</jats:p></jats:sec><jats:sec><jats:title>Conclusion</jats:title><jats:p>Results suggest varying degrees of competence and confidence associated with recognising and managing patients with FGM/C in primary care in the West Midlands. Given that FGM/C patients typically present in primary care it is important that clinicians can provide appropriate support underpinned by up-to-date training.</jats:p></jats:sec>

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Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 12 May 2023 14:38
Last Modified: 12 May 2023 14:38

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