Primary Care Physicians and Aids: Issues in Training

Gresham, Cathy L.; Nagy, M. Christine; Jessee, Peggy O.; Nagy, Stephen
March 1999
American Journal of Health Studies;1999, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p63
Academic Journal
Abstract: Senior residents (N=757) in Family and Internal Medicine training programs responded to a nation-wide survey about AIDS knowledge, attitudes, experiences, use of universal precautions, and educational preparation. Ninety-eight percent (98%) had treated HIV/AIDS patients during the past year, and 60% were currently providing such care. Despite fear of contagion, one-third did not use gloves when blood and/or body fluids were present. Most residents indicated that HIV/AIDS patients should not be treated in special clinics, and 65% planned to pro vide AIDS care in private practice. As psychosocial and behavior change issues continue to play dominant roles in the infection process of HIV, physicians will function as primary care providers and as health educators. Health educators in the field must remain abreast of physician training issues and how they shape the broadening health promotion agenda. [Am J Health Studies 1999; 15(2): 63-70]


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