The women’s health needs study among women from countries with high prevalence of female genital mutilation living in the United States: Design, methods, and participant characteristics

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The Women’s Health Needs Study (WHNS) collected information on the health characteristics, needs, and experiences, including female genital mutilation (FGM) experiences, attitudes, and beliefs, of women aged 18 to 49 years who were born, or whose mothers were born, in a country where FGM is prevalent living in the US. The purpose of this paper is to describe the WHNS design, methods, strengths and limitations, as well as select demographic and health-related characteristics of participants.


Ghenet Besera, Margaret Christine Snead, Mary Goodwin, Ashley Smoots, Connie L. Bish, Alicia Ruiz, Ayeesha Sayyad, Sabrina Avripas, Petry Ubri, Roy Ahn, Vicki Pineau, Nicole Warren, Doris Mukangu, Crista E. Johnson-Agbakwu, Howard Goldberg, Ekwutosi Okoroh, on behalf of The WHNS Study Team

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