By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- A new study on Medical Students is now available. According to news reporting from Medford, Massachusetts, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Sexual health is an important aspect of overall health. Barriers to taking an adequate patient sexual history exist."
The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from Tufts University, "Few studies have explored medical learners' comfort, knowledge, and training surrounding taking sexual histories with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning/queer (LGBTQ) patients specifically. A 10-question survey was offered to medical students and resident/fellows at one US institution. Survey questions reflected participants' knowledge, comfort, and training related to sexual history taking with attention to LGBTQ care. A total of 159 surveys were returned (rate of 42%). A significantly lower level of comfort existed with taking sexual histories and managing sexual health issues in the LGBTQ segment of the patient population versus all patients, especially in the advanced training group. Participants recognized the importance of understanding their patients' overall sexual health, though medical students rated this as more important than the resident/fellow group did. A correlation existed between both comfort with taking sexual histories and discussing safe sexual practices and management of sexual issues, suggesting that further training would be helpful in this area. Twenty percent of the respondents reported receiving no training at all in eliciting sexual histories in LGBTQ patients. The most preferred format in this study for future training was interviewing standardized patients. Medical students and resident/fellows reported a significantly lower level of comfort with sexual history-taking and management of sexual issues in the LGBTQ population."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "A comprehensive training format that not only views sexual health as an integral part of overall patient health, but also integrates LGBTQ care, is needed in medical education."
For more information on this research see: Assessment of Medical Student and Resident/Fellow Knowledge, Comfort, and Training With Sexual History Taking in LGBTQ Patients. Family Medicine, 2015;47(5):383-387. Family Medicine can be contacted at: Soc Teachers Family Medicine, 11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway, Ste 540, Leawood, KS 66207, USA (see also Medical Students).
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting V. Hayes, Tufts University, Sch Med, Medford, MA, United States. Additional authors for this research include W. Blondeau and R.G. Bing-You.
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