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GP researches child sex abuse

Dr Graham Mackenzie is conducting research on behalf of the Scottish Executive to examine the physical and mental health effects on adult survivors of child sex abuse. The study will be overseen by a working group set up to provide GPs with guidance to help adults who suffered childhood abuse.

The group, which includes staff from primary care, mental health services and social services, met for the first time last week and aims to report within a year.

Dr Mackenzie, a GP in Fife and a member of the working group, said he wanted GPs across Scotland to tell him their own experiences of treating victims of sexual abuse. 'We want to get as many different perspectives as we can.'

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