Female GPs sexually harassed

A national survey of 180 female GPs found more than half (54.5%) had been sexually harassed.

In a letter to the editor, Victorian researchers said the most commonly reported patient behaviours were requests for inappropriate examinations (64.9%), followed by inappropriate exposure of body parts (55.7%) and gender-based remarks (43.3%).

Some 42.3% of those who experienced harassment said they had also received inappropriate gifts, while remarks of a sexual nature (36.1%) and touching and grabbing (30.9%) were also common.

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