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Health professionals worldwide lack knowledge on female genital mutilation

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 10 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6693
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

More training and guidance on treating women and girls who have had female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C) are needed for health professionals around the world, a review has concluded.

Researchers from Sydney, Australia, conducted a systematic review to assess health professionals’ experience of FGM/C in their clinical setting, their knowledge of FGM/C types, complications of the practice, and their access to education and training.

They found 159 research papers, but the standard was generally poor. Only 18 studies met their inclusion criteria, and none met all eight quality criteria. …

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