The objective of this study was to identify and explore the demographic characteristics and clinical attributes of older patients attending genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics.
Detailed secondary analyses were carried out of patient activity data for three clinics within the Trent Region.
Of 25 508 clinic attenders in 1995,4% (n=1003) were over the age of 50 years (range 50-54 to 85-90).
The age and gender distributions of the older attenders were similar in the three clinics, although local differences did emerge in sources of referral and ethnicity.
Comparisons with census data for the relevant catchment areas showed that nonmarried individuals were significantly over-represented within the clinic samples as a whole (X2=18.8 ; df=1 ; p<0.001).
There was an association between age and diagnostic profile (X2=91.3 ; df=2 ; p<0.001), with older patients more likely to be diagnosed with nonsexually transmitted diseases and conditions not requiring treatment.
Furthermore, proportionately smaller numbers of older people were tested for HIV, especially male patients.
Older people represent a significant minority of GUM clinic attenders and, when compared with younger attenders, do exhibit distinct diagnostic and demographic profiles.
It is important that health care professionals should acknowledge that their older patients may have sexual health concerns.
Mots-clés Pascal : Appareil génital pathologie, Appareil urinaire pathologie, Démographie, Morbidité, Caractéristique, Personne âgée, Homme, Royaume Uni, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Genital diseases, Urinary system disease, Demography, Morbidity, Characteristic, Elderly, Human, United Kingdom, Europe
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0048924
Code Inist : 002B20E01. Création : 31/05/1999.