Sex-Ed in the Summer: Can One Day Change Providers’ Beliefs and Practices?

      The adolescent population in the Delaware Valley area has some of the highest rates of sexual activity, sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy amongst adolescents in the United States. In the state of Delaware there is a shortage of adolescent medicine specialists and pediatric and adolescent gynecologists to provide care for this high risk population. In this study we wanted to evaluate baseline knowledge about adolescent reproductive health among health care providers in the Delaware Valley and assess the effectiveness of conference education in improving clinical care of the adolescent population. The objective of this study was to assess the change in clinical practice in issues surrounding adolescent patients using pre and post conference surveys in a multidisciplinary group of health care providers after attending a conference on adolescent reproductive health.
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