Medical News and Perspectives
June 16, 1999

Survey Says Patients Expect Little Physician Help on Sex

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JAMA. 1999;281(23):2173-2174. doi:10.1001/jama.281.23.2171c

Washington—Just in time for this month of weddings and honeymoons come the results of a survey saying that people who face problems with their sex life don't expect much help from physicians.

In a recent US poll of 500 adults 25 years of age or older, 71% said they thought their doctor would dismiss any concerns about sexual problems they might bring up. But that doesn't deter them from trying; 85% of those surveyed said they would talk to their physician if they had a sexual problem even though they might not get treatment for it.