Effects of internal medicine residency training in AIDS care in Taiwan

AIDS Care. 2006 Jul;18(5):426-32. doi: 10.1080/09540120500202019.

Abstract

Having contact and interacting with HIV/AIDS patients has long been recognized as a means for improving AIDS-related knowledge and attitudes among physicians and hence for increasing their intention to provide AIDS care. To investigate the impact of one-month residency training in an AIDS inpatient unit on internal medicine residents, this quasi-experimental, pre-post, two-group study, conducted from April 2000 to April 2001, used questionnaires. At follow-up, residents who received training in the AIDS unit (experimental group) were significantly more knowledgeable about HIV/AIDS, had more positive attitudes and greater intention to care for HIV-infected patients than residents who did not receive this training (control group). Results suggest that a one-month AIDS residency training intervention can effectively enhance residents' HIV-related knowledge, attitudes and intention to care for patients infected with HIV.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Clinical Competence / standards
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / therapy*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Internal Medicine / education*
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Male
  • Medical Staff, Hospital / standards
  • Taiwan