Focusing on Women's Health from Puberty to Menopause.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Welcome to a New Year and the fourth issue of Primary Care Women’s Health Journal (PCWHJ). 2010 is likely to be a demanding year for GPs and practice nurses. So at PCWHJ we are working harder than ever to bring you a practical journal that helps you to maintain best-practice standards in women’s health.
Category: Editorial
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
We cannot help but be aware of the ‘obesity epidemic’ and its implications for patient care. Such considerations include the provision of contraception and prevention of unwanted pregnancy. But, by asking some simple questions before prescribing or issuing contraception, we can ensure safe practice.
Category: Editorial
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Most vulval lumps and bumps are relatively harmless. But they can cause anxiety, discomfort and pain, and sexually transmitted lesions cause additional distress due to perceived stigma. This article sheds light on some common vulval conditions to help you to diagnose and treat the lesions, provide reassurance or refer as appropriate.
Category: Editorial
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Category: Back to Basics
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
If current pilot schemes are successful, routine testing for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is likely to be extended to general practice surgeries across the country. The authors discuss the rationale for this plan, and advise on the practicalities of testing in primary care.
Category: Editorial
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Most women with heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) can be managed according to NICE guidance. But GPs and practice nurses need to be aware that up to one in five women with menorrhagia, especially young women, could also have a bleeding disorder. It is important to identify these patients since, if left untreated, bleeding disorders reduce quality of life and may result in significant, long-term complications.
Category: Editorial
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
In the UK it is thought that at least 3,000 children are being sexually exploited. All professionals, including GPs and practice nurses, in regular contact with children and young people are in a good position to notice possible signs of sexual exploitation, and help to mitigate its serious long-term consequences for young people and their families.
Category: Editorial
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Over twice as many women as men develop rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an inflammatory disease that causes disability and shortens life. Early RA can be difficult to diagnose but, by following a diagnostic pathway, GPs and practice nurses can ensure that patients receive timely referral and prompt treatment with disease-modifying drugs.
Category: Editorial
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
In the last issue we announced the Primary Care Women’s Health Forum’s ‘Promoting Best Practice for Women in Primary Care Award’. I’m delighted to launch the Award, and give you the details on how to enter your projects and initiatives.
Category: Editorial
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Every health professional wants to stay clinically updated, but we do not all have time to regularly scour journals for relevant papers. In women’s health alone, there are numerous topics to understand. We want guidelines, references, resources and patient information, but often are not sure where to turn.
Category: Editorial

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