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J Travel Med. 2018 Jan 1;25(1). doi: 10.1093/jtm/tax090.

Female genital mutilation: an evaluation of the knowledge of French general and specialized travel medicine practitioners.

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1
Department of General Pediatric, Robert Debré University Hospital, Paris, France.
2
Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Robert Debré University Hospital, Paris, France.
3
INSERM 1123, ECEVE, University Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cité, Paris, France.
4
Department of Obstetric and Gynecology, Cochin Hospital, Paris, France.
5
Department of Obstetric and Gynecology, Robert Ballanger Hospital, Aulnay, France.
6
Tropical and Infectious Diseases, Tenon University Hospital, Paris, France.

Abstract

We investigated the knowledge of female genital mutilation (FGM) among 60 general and 52 specialized travel medicine practitioners. Less than 50% of these practitioners had adequate knowledge of FGM. Only 42.9% declared having encountered FGM. FGM is likely underestimated in health facilities. Medical education and supporting information should be developed to better address and prevent FGM.

KEYWORDS:

Female genital mutilation; general practitioner; medical knowledge; travel medicine

PMID:
29394392
DOI:
10.1093/jtm/tax090
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