Harmful cultural practices in the consultation room: Dutch general practitioners’ views and experiences.

Sawitri Saharso, Carlijn Dekker

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We discuss Dutch general practitioners’ responses to patients, mostly women of migrant background, with needs related to Harmful Cultural Practices. Our aim was to discover whether they encounter these kind of health issues and how they respond. We suspected that the patients concerned would not get the care they needed. We found that there is reason for concern, as based on general practitioners’ own accounts we conclude that notwithstanding their great commitment to these patients they were disinclined to intervene, because they were cautious to judge other cultures and because they may have over- or underestimated the women’s autonomy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2021

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