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Collecting and exploiting data to understand a nation’s sexual health needs: Implications for the British National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal)

Mercer, CH; Clifton, S; Prior, G; Aldridge, RW; Bonell, C; Copas, AJ; Field, N; ... Sonnenberg, P; + view all (2019) Collecting and exploiting data to understand a nation’s sexual health needs: Implications for the British National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal). [Editorial comment]. Sexually Transmitted Infections 10.1136/sextrans-2018-053571. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Accurate information about a nation’s sexual health is essential to plan and evaluate services, inform prevention efforts, and contribute to societal discourse on sexuality. In Britain, sexual health data come from a range of sources. There are world-class surveillance data on STIs and reproductive health, although these only represent people attending services and collect limited data. A number of British surveys draw on convenience samples of populations of particular interest, such as sexual health clinic attendees, men who have sex with men and particular ethnic groups, and are therefore not generalisable to the wider population. Furthermore, such surveys often focus on specific aspects of sexual health (eg, STIs), and while some nationally representative surveys have included questions on sex and relationships, space limitations mean that questions are restricted to a small number of key behaviours and outcomes.

Type: Article
Title: Collecting and exploiting data to understand a nation’s sexual health needs: Implications for the British National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal)
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1136/sextrans-2018-053571
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/sextrans-2018-053571
Language: English
Additional information: © Author(s) (or their employer[s]) 2019. Re-use permitted under CC BY-NC (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health > Infection and Population Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Health Informatics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10070830
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