Sexual history inquiry and HIV counseling: Improving clinical skills and medical knowledge through an interactive workshop utilizing standardized patients

Steven A. Haist, Michelle J. Lineberry, Charles H. Griffith, Andrew R. Hoellein, Gregg M. Talente, John F. Wilson

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Abstract

Background: Sexual history and HIV counseling (SHHIVC) are essential clinical skills. Our project's purpose was to evaluate a standardized patient educational intervention teaching third-year medical students SHHIVC. Methods: A four-hour standardized patient workshop was delivered to one-half of the class each of three consecutive years at one medical school. Approximately 3.5 weeks later, all students engaged in a standardized patient examination including one station assessing SHHIVC, answered an open-ended written exercise following the standardized patient encounter, and completed a written examination including sexual history and HIV-related questions. Results: Workshop participants scored higher than non-participants on SHHIVC items on the standardized patient station (P < .0001), written exam (P < .0001), and open-ended written exercise after the standardized patient encounter (P = .024). Conclusions: Our SHHIVC curriculum was associated with students demonstrating better clinical skills on a SHHIVC standardized patient examination station and more SHHIVC knowledge on two measures of medical knowledge than students not participating in the SHHIVC educational intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-434
Number of pages8
JournalAdvances in Health Sciences Education
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2008

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgements This project is supported in part by a Predoctoral Primary Care Internal Medicine Training Grant funded by the Health Resources Services Administration (grant number D56HP00038) and approved by the University of Kentucky Institutional Review Board.The authors will provide the standardized patient materials (cases and checklists) and the Sexual History and HIV Counseling Student and Instructor References to any clerkship or residency program director requesting the materials.

Keywords

  • HIV counseling
  • Patient simulation
  • Sexual history
  • Standardized patient
  • Undergraduate medical education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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