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3 06 Women's Health

Summary

  • Women-specific health matters including contraception, pregnancy, menopause and disorders of reproductive organs will  account for over 25% of your time as a general practitioner (GP)
  • Women present with non-gender related issues in specific ways that you will also need to become sensitive to; domestic violence, depression and alcoholism can all present differently in women and may be interlinked. One woman dies every three days as a result of domestic violence. One in nine women using health services has been hurt by someone they know or live with
  • Women tend to take the larger role in caring for dependants – children, parents, ill or disabled spouses. Supporting them can help share that care and  also reduce the burden on heath and social care services
  • As a GP you will have a key leadership role in co-ordinating provision of community services for women: for example, offering the choice of access to services from female healthcare professionals, access in school hours and considering crèche facilities in surgeries

Knowledge and skills guide

This section contains the learning outcomes for the 'Women's Health' curriculum module.

These are grouped into 12 core areas of competence concerned with the tasks you will undertake as a general practitioner when delivering care to people in your community.

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Case discussion

This section contains a scenario and questions for reflection which help to illustrate the learning points in this module.


Jackie Wilcox, who is aged 48 and a smoker, comes to see you. She brings her four-year-old granddaughter Kylie who has come to stay while Jackie’s daughter Sharon is in prison for drug-related offences. Jackie is exhausted, which she puts down to lack of sleep through worry, travel to the prison to visit her daughter and from looking after Kylie....     

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How to learn this area of practice

This section includes suggested activities and strategies for developing the competences you will require.     

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Useful learning resources

This section provides suggestions for further reading and other resources to help you in your training, including books, journal articles and web resources.      

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