Incorporating human rights into reproductive health care provider education programs in Nicaragua and El Salvador

Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2013 Jul;34(1):54-9.


Health care providers play a central role in the promotion and protection of human rights in patient care. Consequently, the World Medical Association, among others, has called on medical and nursing schools to incorporate human rights education into their training programs. This report describes the efforts of one Central American nongovernmental organization to include human rights - related content into reproductive health care provider training programs in Nicaragua and El Salvador. Baseline findings suggest that health care providers are not being adequately prepared to fulfill their duty to protect and promote human rights in patient care. Medical and nursing school administrators, faculty, and students recognize the need to strengthen training in this area and are enthusiastic about incorporating human rights content into their education programs. Evaluation findings suggest that exposure to educational materials and methodologies that emphasize the relationship between human rights and reproductive health may lead to changes in health care provider attitudes and behaviors that help promote and safeguard human rights in patient care.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Decision Making
  • Education, Medical, Continuing
  • El Salvador
  • Female
  • Health Personnel / education*
  • Health Personnel / ethics
  • Human Rights*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Motivation
  • Nicaragua
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Physicians / psychology
  • Pilot Projects
  • Reproductive Health Services / ethics*
  • Role
  • Self Efficacy
  • Teaching Materials