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How can healthcare services for female sex workers be better tailored to meet their health needs?
  1. Howell Thomas Jones,
  2. Surinder Singh
  1. Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health, UCL Medical School (Royal Free Campus), London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Howell Thomas Jones, Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health, Upper Third Floor, UCL Medical School (Royal Free Campus), Rowland Hill Street, London NW3 2PF, UK; howell.jones{at}

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Governmental sex work strategies call for a holistic approach to specialist services for female sex workers (FSWs), but it is unclear how this will be achieved when the responsibility of commissioning is given to general practitioners (GPs) who are often unfamiliar with their health needs.1–3

We aimed to gather FSWs’ opinions on services and how they could be improved. HTJ conducted indepth interviews with FSWs at a specialist National Health Service (NHS) clinic in London in early 2011. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed using the framework analysis.4

Participants (n=14, age range 19–38 years) were all migrants and had different patterns of healthcare usage; eight were registered with a GP. Several themes emerged from the …

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  • Contributors HTJ was the principal investigator. SS was the chief investigator and project supervisor. The protocol and interview schedule was developed by HTJ who collected the data and with SS analysed it and drafted the manuscript. HTJ is the guarantor. All authors had full access to all of the data in the study, and can take responsibility for the integrity of that data, and the accuracy of the data analysis.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval Ethics approval was granted by the North Central London Research Consortium (REC No:11/H0722/1).

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement Copies of original interview transcripts are available. Contact the authors to request access.