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Nurse Educ Pract. 2018 Jul;31:194-199. doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2018.06.008. Epub 2018 Jun 20.

Web-based education about vulvodynia and its care among student healthcare staff: A quasi-experimental study.

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1
University of Tampere, Faculty of Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Finland; Tampere University Hospital, Pirkanmaa Hospital District, Finland. Electronic address: minna.tornava@pshp.fi.
2
University of Tampere, Faculty of Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Finland.
3
University of Tampere, Faculty of Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Finland; Tampere University Hospital, Pirkanmaa Hospital District, Finland.

Abstract

Student healthcare providers are the type of primary healthcare professionals who usually have first contact with young women who have problems with intimacy, such as vulvar pain - known as vulvodynia. However, a need to increase healthcare professionals' level of knowledge of vulvodynia and its care has been identified. This study aimed to assess the awareness and knowledge of vulvodynia and its care among student healthcare providers, before and after Web-based education. The study design was national, descriptive and quasi-experimental, and was conducted across Finland. A total of 79 participants completed baseline measurements, 58 completed web-based education and 30 took part in a follow-up survey. A survey instrument called 'Awareness and knowledge of vulvodynia and its care' was developed for this study, and the data were collected using a web-based questionnaire. Descriptive statistical methods were used to evaluate the participants' awareness and knowledge of vulvodynia and its care before and after web-based education. The primary results indicated that the participants' awareness and knowledge of vulvodynia and its care was statistically significantly improved following web-based education.

KEYWORDS:

Awareness; Knowledge; Patient care management; Student healthcare; Vulvar pain; Vulvodynia; Web-based education; women's health

PMID:
29986313
DOI:
10.1016/j.nepr.2018.06.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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