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Am J Public Health. 1999 Jun;89(6):899-902.

Sexual health risk assessment and counseling in primary care: how involved are general practitioners and obstetrician-gynecologists?

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Université de Montréal, Quebec, Canada.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study examined physicians' evaluation of sexual health risks during a general medical examination and sexually transmitted disease (STD) counseling during consultations for adolescent contraception and treatment of an STD.

METHODS:

An anonymous mail survey was conducted in 1995 with a stratified random sample of 1086 general practitioners and all 241 obstetrician-gynecologists practicing in Quebec, Canada.

RESULTS:

Fewer than half of the respondents reported routinely inquiring about condom use and number of sexual partners during a general medical examination. Female general practitioners engaged in more sexual health risk assessment and counseling than male general practitioners.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study suggests a low level of involvement in STD prevention by generalists and obstetrician-gynecologists.

PMID:
10358682
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PMCID:
PMC1508643
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