Frequency and thoroughness of STD/HIV risk assessment by physicians in a high-risk metropolitan area

B. O. Boekeloo, E. S. Marx, A. H. Kral, Steven Scott Coughlin, M. Bowman, D. L. Rabin

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The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all primary care physicians assess the sexually transmitted disease/human immunodeficiency virus (STD/HIV) risk of all adolescent and adult patients. To determine whether factors amenable to change through continuing medical education are associated with frequent and thorough STD/HIV risk assessment, a telephone survey of primary care physicians in the Washington, DC metropolitan area was conducted (n = 961). Thirty-seven percent of physicians reported regularly asking new adult patients about their sexual practices; 60% asked new adolescent patients. STD/HIV risk questioning was associated with physicians' confidence in their ability to help prevent HIV, comfort with discussing patients' sexual practices, and perception of a large STD/HIV problem in their practice. These findings suggest that continuing medical education should target improvement in physicians' sexual practice questioning skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1645-1648
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume81
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991
Externally publishedYes

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases
HIV
Physicians
Continuing Medical Education
Primary Care Physicians
Aptitude
Advisory Committees
Telephone

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Frequency and thoroughness of STD/HIV risk assessment by physicians in a high-risk metropolitan area. / Boekeloo, B. O.; Marx, E. S.; Kral, A. H.; Coughlin, Steven Scott; Bowman, M.; Rabin, D. L.

In: American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 81, No. 12, 01.01.1991, p. 1645-1648.

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Boekeloo, B. O. ; Marx, E. S. ; Kral, A. H. ; Coughlin, Steven Scott ; Bowman, M. ; Rabin, D. L. / Frequency and thoroughness of STD/HIV risk assessment by physicians in a high-risk metropolitan area. In: American Journal of Public Health. 1991 ; Vol. 81, No. 12. pp. 1645-1648.
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