The importance of the sexual health history in the primary care setting

J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. May-Jun 2001;30(3):269-74.


Nurses often are apprehensive when inquiring about women's sexual health issues. A comprehensive sexual health assessment, however, is an important part of the health history and interview. Ensuring confidentiality and maintaining professionalism will create the trusting, comfortable environment necessary for a thorough evaluation of a client's sexual health risks. Nurses who are familiar with diverse sexual issues can help women deal with the changes that may occur during the life span.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Female
  • Homosexuality, Female / psychology
  • Humans
  • Medical History Taking / methods*
  • Menopause / physiology
  • Menopause / psychology
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Assessment / methods*
  • Nursing Staff / psychology
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Primary Health Care / methods*
  • Reproduction / physiology
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • Women's Health*