Australia: Are Patient Responses to Sensitive Sexual Health Questions Influenced by the Sex of the Practitioner?
September 5, 2006
The authors conducted the current study to determine whether a patient's responses to sensitive questions about sexual behavior are influenced by the sex of the practitioner treating them. Investigators conducted an audit of the computerized medical records of all patients visiting the Melbourne Sexual Health Center walk-in triage system between January 2003 and July 2005. They analyzed patient responses to sensitive questions about sexual behavior based on patient group (by sex of their sexual partners) and the sex of the treating practitioner.
The researchers found no significant difference in the reported number of sexual partners, condom use, sex overseas, injection drug use, or commercial sex work based on the sex of the practitioner for the different patient groups. Results held true whether patients were homosexual men (n=1,609, p>0.07), heterosexual men (n=4,847, p>0.11), or women (n=4,910, p>0.08).
"The sex of the practitioner did not significantly influence patient responses to sensitive questions about their sexual behavior," the authors concluded.
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