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J Sex Marital Ther. 2015;41(3):304-13. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2014.889056. Epub 2014 Mar 20.

Aging sexuality: knowledge and perceptions of preparation among U.S. primary care providers.

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  • 1a School of Social Work, Michigan State University , East Lansing , Michigan , USA.

Abstract

Primary care providers are expected to address the sexual health concerns of older adults. This study aimed to assess knowledge of aging sexuality and adequacy of formal sexual health education in a sample of U.S. physicians and nurse practitioners in primary care. Response rate was 24.9% (N = 278). Knowledge scores reflected good knowledge; however, only 3% of the sample felt that they had adequate knowledge of older adult sexuality. Training was found to be adequate for 11% of the sample. U.S. providers in primary care are interested in learning more about aging sexuality but feel ill-prepared for it.

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