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Sex Reprod Healthc. 2017 Jun;12:76-81. doi: 10.1016/j.srhc.2017.03.004. Epub 2017 Mar 16.

Experience of an online course on sexuality during pregnancy for residents.

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1
Department of Obstetrics, São Paulo Federal University (UNIFESP), Rua Napoleão de Barros, 875, Vila Clamentino, CEP 04124-002 São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.
2
Department of Gynecology, São Paulo Federal University (UNIFESP), São Paulo, Brazil.
3
Department of Obstetrics, São Paulo Federal University (UNIFESP), Rua Napoleão de Barros, 875, Vila Clamentino, CEP 04124-002 São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil; Department of Internal Medicine, São Paulo Federal University (UNIFESP), São Paulo, Brazil. Electronic address: ginecologia@terra.com.br.
4
Department and Institute of Psychiatry, São Paulo State University Medical School (FMUSP), São Paulo, Brazil.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Many obstetrics and gynecology (Ob/Gyn) residents report insufficient knowledge about female sexuality and this has a negative impact on their capacity to manage their patients. The aim of this study was to describe an online course about sexuality during pregnancy for Brazilian Ob/Gyn residents and evaluate their knowledge acquisition.

METHODS:

This longitudinal educational intervention study involved 219 Brazilian Ob/Gyn residents. The online course lasted 24h (10 video lectures and discussion chats). Upon enrollment, the participants answered a questionnaire in regard to their training, attitudes and practices about sexuality during pregnancy. Participants' knowledge acquisition was assessed using a pre- and post-course test about sexuality during pregnancy. At the end of the course, participants were asked to evaluate their educational experience. Student's t and chi-square tests were used to analyze the pre- and post-course test scores. P values<0.05 were considered statistically significant.

RESULTS:

A total of 143 Ob/Gyns (65.3% of those enrolled) completed the course. At baseline, most participants reported that they did not have any sexology classes as undergraduates (62.5%) or in their residency (52.1%), and that they lacked specific knowledge in this area to manage their patients. Mean test scores increased significantly at the end of the course: 4.4 (±1.6) versus 6.0 (±1.3) (out of a maximum score of 10), before and after the course, respectively (p<0.0001). Most of the residents rated the overall quality of the course as "higher than expected".

CONCLUSION:

An online course for Ob/Gyn residents was associated with a significant increase in knowledge about sexuality during pregnancy.

KEYWORDS:

Female sexual function; Medical education; Medical residency; Pregnancy; Sexology; Sexuality

PMID:
28477936
DOI:
10.1016/j.srhc.2017.03.004
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