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Swedish Health Care Providers’ Experience and Knowledge of Female Genital Cutting

Health Care for Women International. 2006 (27)8709-722

Swedish Health Care Providers’ Experience and Knowledge of Female Genital Cutting

Leila Tamaddon, Sara Johnsdotter, Jerker Liljestrand &Birgitta Essén

ABSTRACT

We sought to evaluate the experiences and knowledge of health care providers in Sweden regarding female genital cutting (FGC) as a health issue. Questionnaires (n = 2,707) were sent to providers in four major cities in Sweden and evaluated by means of descriptive statistics. Twenty-eight percent (n = 769/2,707) responded, of whom 60% had seen such patients. Seven providers, including 2 pediatricians, were suspicious of patients with signs of recent genital cutting. Ten percent had been asked to perform reinfibulation after delivery. Thirty-eight providers had received inquiries about the possibility of performing FGC in Sweden.

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