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What Healthcare Providers Should Know About Patients' Sexual Problems

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Your doctor should be treating patients of all ages, backgrounds, and sexual orientation with respect, both inside and outside the healthcare arena.
Air Date: 10/9/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Grace Blodgett, PhD
Grace Blogett Dr. Grace Blodgett grew up in the outskirts of London, England, and attended nursing school at The Royal London Hospital. After emigrating to the U.S. at the end of 1967, she worked as a staff nurse at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, until she was promoted to a head nurse position there a few years later.

She became a nurse educator and then medical/surgical nursing director at Roosevelt Hospital. After moving to Salt Lake City in 1975, Dr. Gracie was a head nurse, and then director of nursing for medical services and post-intensive care services at Holy Cross Hospital. In 1989, Dr. Gracie was awarded Utah's Humanitarian Award for Service to People with AIDS.

Dr. Gracie opened the University of Phoenix, Hawaii Campus, on Oahu, where she partially developed and fully implemented undergraduate and graduate degree programs in nursing, business, counseling, and teacher education. During these years, she also opened a small private practice for the management of sexual issues.

Credentials include an RN to BSN, MSN, MBA, and a PhD in Human Sexuality. Awards include Utah Excellence in Research Award, Sigma Theta Tau Excellence in Nursing, and Hawaii Nurse Executive of the Year.
What Healthcare Providers Should Know About Patients' Sexual Problems
If you've ever gone into your physician for a check-up, you might feel a little intimidated when your doctor asks you questions about your sexual health.

You might not want to be honest or disclose information about your sexual health, because you don't think it's relevant or important.

However, that's far from the truth.

Healthcare professionals should learn how to recognize, acknowledge, and reduce the sexual problems of their patients.

This can result in fewer sexually transmitted diseases, less sexual discrimination, and an overall better understanding of sexuality.

Grace Blodgett, PhD, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss what doctors should know about their patients' sexual health.