• Sofie Hou Lind
  • May Sarah Hagedorn Bang Berthelsen
4. term, Master of Sexology (Continuing education) (Continuing Education Programme (Master))
Aim: To investigate to which degree and in what way the sex, semester and field of occupation of occupational therapy-, physiotherapy- and nursing students, influence their attitudes towards working and communicating with patients about sexual health. Including if they find the subject relevant in their future work.

Method: The questionnaire Student Attitudes Towards Addressing Sexual Health Danish (SA-SH-D) as well as three supplementary questions, developed for this study were distributed electronically to occupational therapy-, physiotherapy- and nursing students at the Metropolitan University College.

Results: 72.6% (n = 464, 13.8% response rate) of the students feel unprepared to talk about sexual health with their future patients. 87% believe that they need basic knowledge about sexual health, as well as skills to be able to talk about sexual health. Only 12.9% of them have received knowledge on these subjects in their current education. The physiotherapy students (64.4%) do not believe that sexual health is equally relevant in their future work, as the occupational therapy- (84.3%) and nurse students (97.2%). The male students are generally more comfortable with informing about sexual health (84.5%), but find it less relevant to their future work (60.6%), whereas the female students consider it highly relevant (88.5), but are generally less comfortable with talking about sexual health (82.9%).

Conclusion: The study shows a disagreement between the students' needs for education regarding sexual health, and the amount of education they have received during their current education. An occupational- and gender-based difference is also seen, as to how relevant a topic, sexual health is considered to be.
Publication date8 May 2017
Number of pages60
External collaboratorProfessionsh√łjskolen Metropol
Dekan Randi Brinckmann Wiencke rawi@phmetropol.dk
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