Mayo Clinic, United States
Isaac Iniabasi Effiong is a Research Scholar at Mayo Clinic in Florida. He graduated with distinction from the Master of Public Health program of the University of West Florida and is certified as a public health practitioner. He completed his medical education and did graduate residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Calabar. His research areas of interests are in public health and reproductive health/sexual health including HIV/AIDS and STD. He has published a research article on male infertility and presented 2 posters on reproductive health research.
The reported increase of cases of sexually-transmitted disease (STD) in the United States is fast becoming a health challenge in the country (CDC, 2016). Family physicians can play an important role in preventing new cases of STD in their patients by initiating discussion and advising patients on safe sexual practices during sexual health and non-sexual health consultations. A number of barriers may prevent a family physician from initiating discussion and advising patients on safe sexual practices. The purpose of this study was to identify the possible barriers to the initiation of discussion and advising of patients on safe sexual practices by Mayo Clinic Florida family physician. Data for the study was collected by written surveys. The survey assessed respondent gender, age group, level of medical education and possible barriers to their initiation of discussion and giving of advice to patients on safe sexual practices. With the study, it is hoped that improved knowledge of the perceptions and practices of family physicians in Mayo Clinic-Florida regarding the initiation of discussion and giving of advice to patients on safe sexual practices will arise. The knowledge may, in turn, contribute to better patient care, as the Continuing Medical Education or Clinical Training Program of family physicians may be adjusted to better prepare them to initiate discussion and give advice to patients on safe sexual practices.