Identifying young people exposed to or at risk of sexual ill health : pilot implementation of an evidence-informed toolkit (SEXIT) at Swedish youth clinics

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Title Identifying young people exposed to or at risk of sexual ill health : pilot implementation of an evidence-informed toolkit (SEXIT) at Swedish youth clinics
Author Hammarström, Sofia ; Nilsen, Per ; Lindroth, Malin ; Stenqvist, Karin ; Bernhardsson, Susanne
Research Centre Centre for Sexology and Sexuality Studies
Date 2019
English abstract
Objectives: We aimed to develop and pilot-implement an evidence-informed toolkit (SEXual health Identification Tool; SEXIT) for identifying young people exposed to or at risk of sexual ill health, at Swedish youth clinics, and to investigate SEXIT's potential to identify young people in need of special care and monitoring. Methods: The SEXIT toolkit was developed, validated and pilot-implemented at three Swedish youth clinics. Pre-implementation staff readiness was assessed and youth clinic visitors' responses to SEXIT were analysed. Results: All staff perceived a need for screening for sexual risk-taking and exposure. The response rate from 268 youth clinic visitors (aged 15-24 years) was 86%. Half of the visitors had one or no variable associated with sexual ill health, a third had two or three, and 15% reported between four and seven variables. The most common variables were alcohol use, three or more sexual partners in the past year and previous chlamydia. Visitors rated SEXIT as important and not uncomfortable or difficult to answer. Conclusions: The SEXIT toolkit was found to be feasible and highly acceptable in a clinical setting. The use of SEXIT may facilitate important questions on sexual risk-taking and sexual ill health to be raised with youth clinic visitors.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13625187.2018.1564815 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Link https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13625187.2018.1564815 .Icon
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Host/Issue European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care;1
Volume 24
ISSN 1362-5187
Language eng (iso)
Subject Adolescents
implementation
risk assessment
sexual behaviour
sexual violence
young adults
youth clinic
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/30125 Permalink to this page
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