Assessing sexual health risk for young black and minority ethnic people
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Assessing sexual health risk for young black and minority ethnic people

Fiona McGregor Community specialist public health nurse work, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust London
Elissa Cannon Charge nurse work, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust London

Fiona McGregor and Elissa Cannon describe a survey that incorporates the views of 16 and 17 year olds

The objective of this study was to develop a sexual health risk assessment that would incorporate the views of young people aged 16 to 17 in black and minority ethnic (BME) groups who attend, or might attend, sexual health services in one London borough.

Findings from focus groups indicated that young people are more concerned with the manner in which sexual health risk assessments are presented than with the content; and that clients will engage with risk assessment when trusting relationships are built with staff. Healthcare professionals must ensure that young people are listened to and have the opportunity to guide service provision and development.

The term BME is used to describe people from minority groups, particularly those viewed as having experienced racism or who are in the minority because of their skin colour and/or ethnic background. The term evolves so as to be inclusive of groups experiencing discrimination.

Primary Health Care. 26, 2,18-23. doi: 10.7748/phc.26.2.18.s21

Correspondence

f.mcgregor@surrey.ac.uk

Peer review

The authors would like to thank Vanessa Heaslip, lecturer in Nursing at Bournemouth University, who undertook supervision of this project on behalf of the Mary Seacole Award Scholarship; and Judith Samuel, youth leader at the LIFT Centre for young people service users and potential service users who took part in the focus groups. This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

The project was funded by a Mary Seacole leadership scholarship 2012/13

Received: 15 October 2015

Accepted: 19 November 2015