Filler A paper that changed my practice

Asking the right question

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 14 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:378
  1. Alison Hamilton (, hospice physician
  1. Teesside Hospice, Middlesbrough

    Ten years ago I was feeling overwhelmed by the plethora of scientific papers at the annual Australasian STD Congress when I noticed a paper to be presented in one of the smaller lecture theatres. It looked as if it might be relevant to my work in a city sexual health clinic: Should the question “Have you been sexually abused?” be asked routinely when taking a sexual health history?1

    Of 407 patients asked this question in September 1992 at the Auckland Sexual Health Centre, 90% had never been asked this before by a health professional, …

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