Broaching sexual health issues with patients

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Abstract

Bates J (2011) Broaching sexual health issues with patients. Nursing Times; 107: 48, 20-22.

Sexual health is complex, diverse and applies to everyone from childhood to old age, whether they are sexually active or not. This article discusses sexual health and how it applies to nurses in everyday practice. It highlights some of the consequences of poor sexual health and gives advice on how nurses can introduce the topic with patients.

Sexual health problems are a public health issue. Nurses are often reluctant to discuss this topic with patients so advice is given on how to approach the subject

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