Addressing sexual health in geriatrics education

Mark Brennan-Ing, Liz Seidel, Pam Ansell, Barrie L. Raik, Debra Greenberg, Catherine Nicastri, Jennifer Breznay, Stephen E. Karpiak, Ronald D. Adelman

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Adults remain sexually active well into later life, but few report discussing sexual health with a physician after age 50. The authors explored how geriatrics education might better address sexual health in the context of a psychosocial conference for geriatrics fellows, program directors, and faculty comprising an informational plenary, which included a skills-building presentation on taking sexual histories, and a program director/faculty roundtable. Although informed about older adult sexual health, knowledge scores of geriatrics fellows increased following the plenary. Fellows reported inconsistent sexual history taking with older adults and noted patient differences in age and gender as barriers. The roundtable discussion highlighted several barriers to inclusion of sexual health content in geriatrics curricula including competing competencies, lack of educational materials, and discomfort with this topic on the part of faculty. Implications of these findings for geriatrics training and education programs and suggestions for improving this domain of geriatrics education are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-263
Number of pages15
JournalGerontology and Geriatrics Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2018


  • Older adults
  • sexual history
  • sexuality
  • training programs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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