This article provides an overview of key areas within sexual health examination, diagnosis and treatment options for advanced clinical practitioners (ACPs) working outside this field of practice, who may not often encounter consultations of a sexual health nature. ACPs require an understanding of appropriate and necessary investigations, alongside specific advice or education they can offer patients. Within a sexual health context especially, the consultation and subsequent steps can be challenging and distressing for the patient, and the ACP must consider their knowledge and experience when caring for a patient in this area. Increasing knowledge and awareness of common conditions and treatments, red flags, and referral processes can allow the ACP to provide reassurance and support to the patient and improve their healthcare experience. Having answers to a patient's questions regarding processes and time frames can strengthen the relationship between the ACP and their patient and help reduce a patient's anxiety and fear of the unknown.
McPhillips, H., Wood, A. F., & Smith, J. (2022). Critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning for advanced clinical practitioners in sexual health. British Journal of Nursing, 31(10), 534-540. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2022.31.10.534