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ERIC Number: EJ1021560
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1811
Improving Women's Sexual Health: A Quantitative Evaluation of an Educational Intervention for Healthcare Professionals
Blair, Britney; Arnow, B. A.; Haas, Amie; Millheiser, Leah
Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, v13 n5 p535-547 2013
Forty-three per cent of women in the USA report some type of sexual complaint and these complaints have been shown to negatively impact quality of life and overall well-being. With proper training and experience, healthcare professionals are in a unique position to help their patients improve their sexual health. The present study was designed to increase knowledge about female sexual dysfunction by offering a continuing education workshop combining didactic and experiential learning. Healthcare professionals representing the specialties of obstetrics, gynaecology, primary care, psychiatry and psychology attended the conference. Participants completed a pre-and post-test questionnaire assessing levels of comfort, competence, attitudes toward female sexual health and readiness for change. Using the pre-and post-test questionnaire, participants reported a significant increase in awareness about the importance of discussing issues of sexual health with their patients. Participants also reported motivation (or intent) to ask their patients about their sexual health. Providing information about female sexual dysfunction and its impact on patients' quality of life, effective treatments and referral resources as well as giving healthcare professionals an opportunity to practise asking about sexual health with facilitated feedback may significantly improve their motivation to respond to female sexual complaints.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California
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