Healthcare professionals more knowledgeable about female genital mutilation but still some way to go.

BMJ. 2012 Apr 18;344:e2744. doi: 10.1136/bmj.e2744.

Healthcare professionals more knowledgeable about female genital mutilation but still some way to go.

Relph S, Inamdar R, Singh H, Yoong W.

Clusters of cases of female genital mutilation have become increasingly common in the West owing to migration from countries where the practice is endemic The one UK study exploring healthcare professionals’ knowledge about the practice noted significant deficiencies among 45 respondents. We surveyed 79 healthcare professionals working in women and children’s health departments in north London boroughs with a high prevalence of female genital mutilation (6.3% v 1.48% nationally) to see whether knowledge had improved. They completed anonymous paper questionnaires based on the most recent guidelines from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists…

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