Medical students' perceptions of sexual health issues prior to a curriculum enhancement

  • McGarvey E
  • Peterson C
  • Pinkerton R
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Abstract

The objectives were to compare first, second and third year medical students on self-perceived sexual health knowledge, comfort in addressing sexual health problems, and attitudes towards the importance of addressing sexual health issues with patients as part of a sexual health medical curriculum enhancement project. A paper-and-pencil questionnaire survey was designed and administered to first and second year medical students at the start of the fall semester, resulting in high participation rates for both years (98% and 86%, respectively). Third year students were surveyed through an on-line version of the questionnaire yielding a lower response rate (52%). Multivariate statistical analyses were used to compare knowledge, comfort and attitudes by year in medical school. Results were as follows: As might be expected, sexual health knowledge and comfort in addressing sexual health problems increased linearly from first to third year (P

Author-supplied keywords

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Questionnaires
  • Sex Education
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological/therapy
  • Sexuality/ psychology
  • Students, Medical/ psychology

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Authors

  • E McGarvey

  • C Peterson

  • R Pinkerton

  • A Keller

  • A Clayton

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