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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 40  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 356-363

Challenges in taking sexual history: A qualitative study of Indian postgraduate psychiatry trainees

Department of Psychiatry, St. John's Medical College, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Priya Sreedaran
Department of Psychiatry, St. John's Medical College, Bengaluru, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJPSYM.IJPSYM_64_18

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Context: In India, psychiatrist is an important point of helpseeking for sexual complaints. A detailed sexual history can go a long way in understanding sexual difficulties. In this background, there is inadequate information on the difficulties that psychiatry postgraduate trainees experience while taking a sexual history as part of a routine mental health evaluation. Aims: The aim was to study the difficulties experienced by postgraduate psychiatry trainees while taking sexual history as a part of routine mental health evaluation. Setting: This study was conducted in an Indian medical college general hospital psychiatry setting. Materials and Methods: This is a qualitative study using focus group discussions and in-depth interviews with postgraduate psychiatry trainees. Statistical Analysis: Content analysis was used to identify direct and latent themes. Results: Thematic saturation was achieved with 17 participants. Major themes of difficulties that emerged included trainee-related factors such as gender and sociocultural background of the trainee; patient-related factors such as age, gender, and sexual orientation; setting-related factors; and language-related difficulties. Conclusions: Specific and regular training in taking a sexual history is essential in addressing the difficulties faced by postgraduate psychiatry trainees in India.

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