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Int J Adolesc Med Health. 2017 Nov 23. pii: /j/ijamh.ahead-of-print/ijamh-2017-0149/ijamh-2017-0149.xml. doi: 10.1515/ijamh-2017-0149. [Epub ahead of print]

HEEADSSS up: pediatric residents' confidence and practice in adolescent health care before and after mandatory adolescent medicine rotations in Thailand.


Background The field of adolescent medicine is an emerging area of specialization in Thailand. Adolescent medicine was made a mandatory rotation in general pediatric residency training programs for the class of 2013. Objective This study aims to explore the difference in pediatric residents' confidence and the frequency in providing aspects of care to adolescents. Subjects Participants included two groups of pediatric residents; the former curriculum group (FCG) in 2012 and the mandatory curriculum group (MCG) in 2015. Methods Participants in this cross-sectional study answered a 41-item self-administered questionnaire and results were analyzed by descriptive statistics. Results There were 91 participants, 50.05% were in the MCG. The FCG reported a higher percentage of feeling "more confident" on physical examination (p = 0.031, V = 0.23) and growth assessment (p = 0.040, V = 0.22). The MCG reported a higher percentage of "more frequently" carrying out the psychosocial assessment (p = 0.035, V = 0.22). Conclusion The FCG reported higher levels of confidence than the MCG in most of the items, while the MCG reported higher levels of frequency in providing care. The psychosocial (HEEADSSS) assessment, a key aspect of the adolescent clinical visit, was the item that the MCG reported doing more frequently than the FCG which remained significant when only the postgraduate year of training (PGY) 4s were compared.


Thailand; adolescent; curriculum; health care; health supervision; pediatric residency


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