Swedish health care providers' experience and knowledge of female genital cutting.

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We sought to evaluate the experiences and knowledge of health care providers in Sweden regarding female genital cutting (FGC) as a health issue. Questionnaires (n = 2,707) were sent to providers in four major cities in Sweden and evaluated by means of descriptive statistics. Twenty-eight percent (n = 769/2,707) responded, of whom 60% had seen such patients. Seven providers, including 2 pediatricians, were suspicious of patients with signs of recent genital cutting. Ten percent had been asked to perform reinfibulation after delivery. Thirty-eight providers had received inquiries about the possibility of performing FGC in Sweden.A majority of Swedish health care providers meet patients presenting with evidence of FGC performed long ago. However, very few of them have suspected recently cut patients. The results support the hypothesis that this practice is not as active among African immigrants in Sweden as in their countries of origin. If the prevalence was the same as in African countries, more pediatricians would be expected to meet current cut girls. National efforts and policy programs to prevent FGC in Sweden are recommended as effective, in accordance with current research and should especially be directed toward pediatricians.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Clinical Medicine
  • Social Anthropology
  • Environmental Health and Occupational Health
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)709-22
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Division of Social Medicine and Global Health (013241820), Pediatrics/Urology/Gynecology/Endocrinology (013240400), Social Anthropology (012013002)