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J Gen Intern Med. 2001 Mar;16(3):176-80.

Improving physicians' HIV risk-assessment skills using announced and unannounced standardized patients.

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  • 1Highland Primary Care Institute, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY 14620, USA. ronald_epstein@urmc.rochester.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate feasibility and to validate a rating scale for two educational programs that use standardized patient-instructors (SPIs) in the office setting to improve physicians' HIV risk communication skills.

DESIGN:

Pilot randomized trial of announced and unannounced SPIs.

PARTICIPANTS/SETTINGS:

Twenty four primary care physicians in the Rochester, NY, area.

MEASUREMENTS:

The Rochester HIV Interview Rating Scale (RHIRS), HIV test ordering, physician satisfaction questionnaire.

RESULTS:

Physicians found the intervention useful, and predicted a positive effect on their future HIV-related communication. HIV test ordering and RHIRS scores increased similarly in both intervention groups. Announced SPI visits were more convenient and preferred by physicians. Cost for each SPI visit was $75.

CONCLUSIONS:

A brief office-based intervention using SPIs was feasible, well-accepted, convenient, and inexpensive. Announced SPIs were preferred to unannounced SPIs. Pilot results suggesting improvement in HIV-related communication should be confirmed in a larger randomized trial.

PMID:
11318913
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PMCID:
PMC1495186
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