Authors: Karen Rayne, PhD, CSE and Gretchen Frey, MD, FACOG
Description: This manual provides primary care providers, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and others, with the tools to address a variety of sexual issues that may arise in the course of daily practice. This includes problematic, inaccurate, or harmful sexuality information that may come from families, classrooms, peers, partners, and the media. It supports PCPs as they consider their own biases, history, and knowledge base, and affirms that sexuality education is an integral part of patient care.
The manual contains four sections. In the first, providers are guided to assess their own personal perspective on sexuality in order to better inform patient discussions. The second section provides a broad overview of numerous topics related to sexuality that clients bring into the clinical setting. These include anatomy, physiology, sexual arousal, reproduction, communication styles, intimate partner violence, masturbation, and more. The third section includes 22 handouts that can be copied and used with clients along with guides and recommendations on how to use them. The final section is an extensive list of resources, organized by topic and annotated with a brief description of the content of each.
"This is a comprehensive book on sexual health with concise, sex-positive information. A ‘must read’ for primary care physicians. It is packed with factual, relevant information that is an invaluable resource for improving all-inclusive healthcare delivery. The authors are well grounded in clinical practice, and provide a guide to helping clinicians develop comfort with discussing sexuality with their patients."
– Renee J. Flores, MD, MHSA, FACP, EdD, CSE, CSC