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An exploratory investigation of sexual health screening in the first 12 weeks of case management in populations with severe mental illness

Corbett, Rebecca, Elsom, Stephen, Sands, Natisha and Prematunga, Roshani 2016, An exploratory investigation of sexual health screening in the first 12 weeks of case management in populations with severe mental illness, International journal of mental health nursing, Early view, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.1111/inm.12257.

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Title An exploratory investigation of sexual health screening in the first 12 weeks of case management in populations with severe mental illness
Author(s) Corbett, Rebecca
Elsom, Stephen
Sands, Natisha
Prematunga, Roshani
Journal name International journal of mental health nursing
Season Early view
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1447-0349
Keyword(s) community mental health
mental illness
sexual health
sexual health screening
sexuality
Summary The sexual health of people with mental illness is commonly overlooked, neglected or inadequately addressed in mental health care, despite evidence showing that people with severe mental illness are more vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections (including HIV), sexual side-effects, and sexual dysfunction than the general population. This article reports a study that investigated sexual health screening in five community mental health clinics within a large a regional health service in Victoria, Australia. The aim of the study was to examine the extent to which sexual health screening is currently undertaken on newly admitted case-managed consumers, and to identify the types of screening undertaken. An exploratory design using retrospective file audit was used in the study. A total of 186 medical records met the study inclusion criteria. The study found that less than 40% of consumers were provided with sexual health screening during their first 12 weeks of case management. The study also found that sexual side-effects, issues of fertility, sexual self-esteem, safe sexual practices, and sexual dysfunction were rarely screened for. Poor sexual health screening has implications for the safety and quality of mental health care and requires targeted research to improve understandings and approaches to care.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/inm.12257
Field of Research 111005 Mental Health Nursing
1110 Nursing
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30087764

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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