Despite widespread acceptance that the sexual history is an important part of psychiatric assessment, concern continues to be raised that such questions are often neglected. It has been suggested that one reason for this is the belief of staff that patients do not want to discuss sexual matters. The response of 65 out-patients to a questionnaire concerning their attitudes and expectations to being asked questions about sex is reported. The majority of patients expected there to be some inquiry about sexual matters. While detailed enquiry was not anticipated, patients stated that most questions would not make them feel uncomfortable. This study does not support the view that patients are reluctant to give a sexual history.
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