Is research data used in education for health professionals on management of Female Genital Cutting?: results from Sweden

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Is research data used in education for health professionals on management of Female Genital Cutting?: results from Sweden

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Title Is research data used in education for health professionals on management of Female Genital Cutting?: results from Sweden
Author Essen, Birgitta ; Johnsdotter, Sara
Date 2017
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Introduction Since the 1980s, refugees have come to Sweden from the Horn of Africa, where the majority of women have undergone Female Genital Cutting (FGC). Sweden was the first country in the West to outlaw the practice in 1982, later it became illegal for a Swedish resident to perform FGC abroad. The Swedish government has allocated research funding and has put a lot of effort into prevention and management by means of writing guidelines and organized professional training activities for best practices of persons with FGMC. Methods We have explored to what extent empirical data from the international research field is used in professional education and policy documents from Swedish health authorities since the 1990s. We performed a systematic review of scientific papers, books, guidelines and grey literature reports from Sweden. We focus on outcomes related to maternity care (maternal, perinatal mortality) and youth health counselling (menstruation disorders, sexuality). Results The evidence-based knowledge from perinatal and maternal death audits had not been used in an appropriate way, basic medical knowledge on dysmenorrhea was neglected, and qualitative data on sexual health among women with FGC was not acknowledged in the documents. Conclusion Swedish authorities have worked to improve the health outcomes among women with FGC. However, evidence-based knowledge has been underused, thereby increasing the risk for harm in spite of good intentions.
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Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: sharing data and experiences to accelerate eradication and improve care (March 13-14 : Geneva, Switzerland)
DOI https://doi.org/10.1186/s12978-017-0362-x (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Link https://reproductive-health-journal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12978-017-0362-x .Icon
Publisher BioMed Central
Host/Issue REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH;
Volume 14
ISSN 1742-4755
Language eng (iso)
Subject Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/25345 Permalink to this page
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