Aileen MacLaren has been a certified nurse-midwife since 1981. She received her master of science in nursing in 1982 from the University of Miami School of Nursing, and is currently completing her doctorate in public health/behavioral sciences and health education at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. She is currently a lecturer in the Nurse-Midwifery Education Program in the Parent-Child Nursing Department at the University of Washington School of Nursing in Seattle, Washington, and a member of the Sex Information and Education Council of the United States. In addition, she has authored and edited several maternal and neonatal/infant health nursing textbooks and has given numerous lectures on sexual health promotion.
PRIMARY CARE FOR WOMEN: Comprehensive Sexual Health Assessment
Version of Record online: 6 JAN 2011
1995 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 40, Issue 2, pages 104–119, March-April 1995
How to Cite
MacLaren, A. (1995), PRIMARY CARE FOR WOMEN: Comprehensive Sexual Health Assessment. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 40: 104–119. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(95)00010-H
- Issue online: 6 JAN 2011
- Version of Record online: 6 JAN 2011
This article discusses the fundamentals of sexual functioning and describes the elements of a comprehensive, developmentally relevant sexual health assessment. Personal barriers that may prevent clinicians from comfortably addressing sexual issues are discussed, and useful strategies for facilitating effective, reciprocal communication during a sexual health history are presented. A therapeutic intervention model for counseling, referral, and sexual health assessment of women in the primary care setting is also included.