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Table 3 Number and percentage of GPs reporting agreement (those who ticked partly agree, agree or strongly agree) and average agreement score (1 = strongly disagree; 6 = strongly agree) with listed barriers to discussing sexual health problems with patients with coronary heart disease.

From: General practitioner views about discussing sexual issues with patients with coronary heart disease: a national survey in Ireland

Barrier n agreeing % agreeing Mean agreement score (1-6)
Not enough time 44 72 4.0
Patient's lack of readiness 44 72 3.9
Lack of training 38 62 3.7
Concerns about increasing patients' anxiety and discomfort 33 54 3.5
Patients perceived as too ill to address sexual issues 31 51 3.5
Sexuality not seen as a problem by patient 30 50 3.4
Elderly age of patient 30 49 3.4
Presence of a third party 28 46 3.4
Fear of offending the patient 25 41 3.2
Lack of knowledge 19 31 3.0
Issues relating to language and ethnicity 17 28 2.7
Patient of opposite sex to GP 17 28 2.6
Issues relating to culture and religion 16 26 2.8
Embarrassment 12 20 2.5
GP's own negative attitudes and beliefs about sexuality 8 13 2.0
Perception that it is someone else's job 5 8 1.9
A large age difference between GP and the patient 4 6 2.0
  1. (N = 61)