Female genital mutilation: a literature review
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Female genital mutilation: a literature review

Louise Terry Reader in law and ethics, Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University
Kate Harris Community staff nurse, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, Hunter Street Health Centre, London

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a harmful practice involving the removal or alteration of parts of the female genitalia for non-therapeutic reasons. It may be carried out on cultural grounds, and is associated with immediate and long-term physical and psychological problems. This literature review explores the prevalence of and attitudes to FGM, personal experiences of women who have undergone the procedure and effective nursing care of this patient group.

Nursing Standard. 28, 1, 41-47. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.



Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 05 April 2013

Accepted: 03 June 2013