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What are the needs of asylum seekers attending an STI clinic and are they significantly different from those of British patients?
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PMID:  15307960     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To elicit the needs of asylum seekers attending the Royal Hallamshire genitourinary medicine clinic for the first time in 2002 and whether these differed from British patients, a search of patient records for 2002 identified 43 asylum seekers (21 female, 22 male) who were paired with 43 British patients matched by age and sex (mean age 27.9, range 15-56). The needs of the patients were ascertained by retrieving answers to predetermined questions from the paper records. Asylum seekers had 166 appointments while British patients had 113 (P = 0.091) and 21 DNAs (did not attend appointment), compared with seven British DNAs (P = 0.071). Twenty-eight asylum seekers and no British patients needed an interpreter (P < 0.01). Five of the 18 eligible asylum seeker females had an up-to-date smear compared with 13 British females (P = 0.008). Nineteen asylum seekers reported sexual violence compared with none of the British patients (P < 0.011); 15 of these asylum seekers were receiving/had requested counselling. There was no significant difference in the numbers of pregnant women, commercial sex workers and intravenous drug users, and patients reporting a previous history of sexually transmitted infection. There are some differences between the needs of asylum seekers and British patients; the most noticeable are the use of interpreters, the reporting of sexual violence, the need for counselling and the number of women without up-to-date smears. A larger study may highlight more differences.
K E Rogstad; Helen Dale
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of STD & AIDS     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0956-4624     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J STD AIDS     Publication Date:  2004 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-08-13     Completed Date:  2004-09-21     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9007917     Medline TA:  Int J STD AIDS     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  515-8     Citation Subset:  IM; X    
Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield S10 2JF, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Africa / ethnology
Ambulatory Care Facilities
Emigration and Immigration / statistics & numerical data*
England / epidemiology
Health Services Needs and Demand / statistics & numerical data*
Medical Records
Middle Aged
Patient Acceptance of Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
Retrospective Studies
Sexually Transmitted Diseases / ethnology*,  prevention & control*
State Medicine / utilization

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