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NCJ Number: 126608 Find in a Library
Title: Massachusetts Physicians' Perspectives on AIDS Education and Interventions for Behavioral Change
Journal: AIDS and Public Policy  Volume:5  Issue:2  Dated:(Spring 1990)  Pages:75-81
Author(s): E A Harvey; T W Mangione; N Salitsky
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 7
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper presents the results of a survey of 704 Massachusetts primary care physicians regarding their views on AIDS education and interventions for behavior change and the respective public policy.
Abstract: Questionnaires were mailed to physicians practicing pediatrics, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, and family medicine. The survey covered physician demographics; practice characteristics; patient pool characteristics; AIDS educational practice; barriers towards providing AIDS education, attitudes toward AIDS education and related behavior; and opinions on public policy questions regarding AIDS education and prevention measures. Sixty-six percent (391) of the physicians receiving the survey responded. The majority felt health professionals should assume a major role in disseminating information about AIDS to the public, but parents, teachers, and religious organizations need to be involved in AIDS education also. In addition, the respondents felt AIDS education should begin at the elementary school level, and they supported provision of condoms to students and sterile needles to intravenous drug users. 24 notes
Main Term(s): AIDS/HIV prevention
Index Term(s): Attitudes toward education; Massachusetts; Medical and dental services
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