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Can Fam Physician. 1997 Aug;43:1376-81.

Do physicians discuss HIV testing during prenatal care?

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  • 1Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ont. ogilvieg@fhs.csu.mcmaster.ca

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the frequency with which Hamilton, Ont, general practitioners and family physicians discussed and offered HIV testing during prenatal care.

DESIGN:

Cross-sectional mailed survey.

SETTING:

Family physicians' and general practitioners' offices in Hamilton, including group or solo private practices and community health centres.

PARTICIPANTS:

General practitioners and family physicians in Hamilton identified from the Ontario Medical Association and the 1995 Canadian Medical Directory. Two hundred forty-one practitioners were sent surveys; 25% had moved or no longer practised family medicine, and 65% (140 of 216) were returned.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE:

Frequency with which physicians discuss with and offer HIV testing to prenatal patients.

RESULTS:

Eighty percent of clinicians felt they understood their professional role in providing HIV testing, and more than 90% had referred female patients for HIV testing. Eight percent of physicians always discussed HIV when reviewing pregnancy care, and 5% always offered HIV testing to patients in the first trimester of pregnancy.

CONCLUSIONS:

Currently, few physicians discuss HIV testing with all their prenatal patients.

PMID:
9266122
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PMCID:
PMC2255416
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