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Identifying young people exposed to or at risk of sexual ill health: pilot implementation of an evidence-informed toolkit (SEXIT) at Swedish youth clinics

Hammarström, Sofia ; Nilsen, Per ; Lindroth, Malin ; Stenqvist, Karin ; Bernhardsson, Susanne

The European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care, 02 January 2019, Vol.24(1), pp.45-53 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Identifying young people exposed to or at risk of sexual ill health: pilot implementation of an evidence-informed toolkit (SEXIT) at Swedish youth clinics
  • Author/Creator: Hammarström, Sofia ; Nilsen, Per ; Lindroth, Malin ; Stenqvist, Karin ; Bernhardsson, Susanne
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Adolescents ; Implementation ; Risk Assessment ; Sexual Behaviour ; Sexual Violence ; Young Adults ; Youth Clinic ; Medicine
  • Is Part Of: The European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care, 02 January 2019, Vol.24(1), pp.45-53
  • Description: Objectives: We aimed to develop and pilot-implement an evidence-informed toolkit (SEXual health Identification Tool; SEXIT) for identifying young people exposed to or at risk of sexual ill health, at Swedish youth clinics, and to investigate SEXIT's potential to identify young people in need of special care and monitoring. Methods: The SEXIT toolkit was developed, validated and pilot-implemented at three Swedish youth clinics. Pre-implementation staff readiness was assessed and youth clinic visitors' responses to SEXIT were analysed. Results: All staff perceived a need for screening for sexual risk-taking and exposure. The response rate from 268 youth clinic visitors (aged 15-24 years) was 86%. Half of the visitors had one or no variable associated with sexual ill health, a third had two or three, and 15% reported between four and seven variables. The most common variables were alcohol use, three or more sexual partners in the past year and...
  • Identifier: ISSN: 1362-5187 ; E-ISSN: 1473-0782 ; DOI: 10.1080/13625187.2018.1564815