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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 34-38

The delivery of sexuality-related patient education to adolescent patients: A preliminary study of family practice resident physicians

1 Department of Physiology and Health Science, Ball State University, Muncie, USA
2 Department of Physiology and Health Science, Riverview Family Medicine, Noblesville, Indiana, USA

Correspondence Address:
Jagdish Khubchandani
Department of Physiology and Health Science, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana 47306-0510
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2249-4863.94449

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Background: Risky sexual behavior among adolescents is one of the leading health behaviors most associated with mortality, morbidity, and social problems. Adolescents need reliable sources of information to help them promote healthy sexual behaviors. Physicians in the United States are often seen by adolescents as a reliable and trustworthy source of accurate sexual information. However, many physicians feel uncomfortable or ill-prepared to deal with sexuality issues among their adolescent patients. Purpose: This study examined the impact of family resident physicians' sexual attitudes, knowledge, and comfort, on the delivery of sexuality-related patient education to their adolescent patients. Materials and Methods: Pre-post-test scales were administered to 21 physicians. Data were also collected for patient (n=644) charts. Factors that determined the delivery of sexuality-related patient education were analyzed. Results: Results indicate that sexuality-related patient education was rarely provided to adolescent patients. Conclusions: Adolescent sexuality education is not a high priority for physicians. Professional medical organizations should play a leadership role in training physicians on delivering sexuality education to adolescent patients.

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