After a series of live continuing medical education (CME) activities on female hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), primary care clinicians who previously did not screen for the disorder indicated they would incorporate such screening into their practices, according to a new study from Pri-Med.

Prior to the activities, 41% of primary care clinicians did not screen for sexual dysfunction in female patients, and almost 75% reported they “sometimes/rarely/never” assessed their sexual health. However, following the activity, 61% of clinicians indicated they planned to regularly assess sexual health in their female patients, and 63% of clinicians reported they would incorporate open-ended patient questioning about sexual health into their practice.

Pri-Med, a leading provider of professional medical education solutions to a community of more than 248,000 U.S.-based primary care clinicians, announced the study findings at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology 59th Annual Clinical Meeting, held April 30-May 4, 2011 in Washington, D.C.

The live activities utilized a blend of multimedia delivery formats, including patient-physician video scenarios and interactive audience polling, to address the clinical care gaps. More than 3,100 clinicians participated in the activities in five major U.S. cities.

The education intervention was sponsored and administered by pmiCME, LLC, Pri-Med’s accredited provider of education for medical, pharmacy, and nursing professionals. The content was created in collaboration with Athena Education Group, LLC, a recognized medical education company with expertise educating on women’s health issues.

HSDD is an underrecognized and undertreated condition that is often overlooked by HCPs. (Frank 2008)  Women with HSDD currently receive inadequate health care in part because training in sexual medicine is absent and inadequate in most medical schools.  Despite the heavy toll it takes on women’s relationships, mental health and overall quality of life, patients are rarely screened for HSDD or diagnosed with the condition.

“To effectively assess and treat cases of HSDD in primary care practice, clinicians need the appropriate tools and education on how to incorporate effective screening techniques into routine exams, so as to feel comfortable discussing sexual health issues with patients,” said Nike Gazonas, Athena Education Group.

As a way to reinforce learning and broaden the reach to primary care clinicians nationwide, a series of two interactive, multimedia webcasts on this topic will be made available in the next month to more than 248,000 healthcare practitioners registered on Pri-Med.com, and additional audiences via Pri-Med’s CME podcasting series on iTunes.

The activities were supported by an independent educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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