Barrett, Michael; Mckay, Alexander
December 1998
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;Winter98, Vol. 7 Issue 4, p305
Academic Journal
The article presents information about training in sexual health and sexually transmitted disease prevention in Canadian medical schools. This is the first national study to provide detailed documentation and analysis of the extent and content of sexual health topic coverage in Canadian medical school programs in undergraduate medicine, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, urology and psychiatry. Some programs greatly exceeded such expectation but there was considerably more program variability within each field than might have been expected given the medical relevance of the topics to their specialty. Physicians encounter a range of opportunities to address sexual health issues in practice and their medical training should therefore prepare them to recognize and respond to their patients' needs and expectations in this area of medical care. Physicians who incorporate information and counseling into their primary care preventive interventions do, in fact, have an impact on patients' health-related behavior and there is evidence that physicians trained to address sexual health topics can have similar effects on sexual health behavior.


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