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Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2015 Oct;131(1):35-40. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2015.04.033. Epub 2015 Jun 18.

A systematic review of doctors' experiences and needs to support the care of women with female genital mutilation.

Author information

1
Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health, Faculty of Health, University of Technology, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Electronic address: angela.dawson@uts.edu.au.
2
Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health, Faculty of Health, University of Technology, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
3
Discipline of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology, Sydney Medicine School, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
4
Discipline of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology, Central Clinical School, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Female genital mutilation (FGM) involves partial or complete removal of the external female genitalia or other injury for non-therapeutic reasons. Little is known about the knowledge and skills of doctors who care for affected women and their practice in relation to FGM.

OBJECTIVES:

To examine the FGM experiences and educational needs of doctors.

SEARCH STRATEGY:

A structured search of five bibliographic databases was undertaken to identify peer-reviewed research literature published in English between 2004 and 2014 using the keywords "female genital mutilation," "medical," "doctors," "education," and "training."

SELECTION CRITERIA:

Observational, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental descriptive studies were suitable for inclusion.

DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS:

A narrative synthesis of the study findings was undertaken and themes were identified.

MAIN RESULTS:

Ten papers were included in the review, three of which were from low-income countries. The analysis identified three themes: knowledge and attitudes, FGM-related medical practices, and education and training.

CONCLUSIONS:

There is a need for improved education and training to build knowledge and skills, and to change attitudes concerning the medicalization of FGM and reinfibulation.

KEYWORDS:

Doctors; Education; Female genital mutilation; Medical practitioners; Systematic review

PMID:
26118329
DOI:
10.1016/j.ijgo.2015.04.033
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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