Are the primary health care providers ready to perform sexually transmitted infections control program? A survey from Iran
ESC Congress Library. Pourmarzi D. May 4, 2016; 127034; A-209
Mr. Davoud Pourmarzi
Mr. Davoud Pourmarzi
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Objectives: Primary health care providers have an important role in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) control program in Iran. This study aimed to evaluate primary health care providers' knowledge and perceived need for education about STIs in Rasht, north of Iran.
Methods and materials: A cross-sectional study conducted on 219 primary health care providers who were involved STIs control program in Rasht, north of Iran from October to November 2014. For data collection we used a valid Persian version of Sexually Transmitted Disease Knowledge Questionnaire (STD-KQ) with score range 0 to 26 and a research-made need assessment questionnaire with a 1-5 point Likert scale.
Results: Nearly 41% of participants were in high or very high category of educational need. The first ranked STI was Granuloma Inguinale, where 40.8% of partisipants reported their need as high or very high. About 41% of participants were in high or very high category of educational need. Mean of STIs knowledge score was 17.92 ± 4.68 and about 69% of total score was gained by participants. STIs Knowledge score was significantly higher in female (P=0.009). Mean of STI knowledge and need for education score among different groups of educational level (P=0.0001), field of graduation (P=0.0001), and time lasted from graduation (P = 0.021) were significantly different, but they were not significantly different among different groups of job title, area of workplace, and years of experience (P >0.05).
Conclusion: Primary health care providers in Rasht, Iran do not have sufficient knowledge about STIs and they need to be more educated about STIs. Designing and performing comprehensive and continuing educational programs to promote primary health care providers knowledge is recommended.

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