Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Provider influence in shaping women's beliefs about protection against sexually transmitted diseases: Case study
by Armstrong, Trina Green, D.H.A., University of Phoenix, 2016, 168; 10139889
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative multiple case study was to explore women’s perceptions of provider influence in shaping their beliefs about protection against sexually transmitted diseases during provider-patient consultations. Women indicate they prefer to discuss sexual health issues with providers, yet research was not available to fully understand provider influence on women’s beliefs regarding sexually transmitted diseases. Telephone interviews were conducted with a purposive sample of 12 adult women in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Data collected from these interviews and analyzed for emerging themes using NVivo 10 software revealed how women perceived providers’ discussions and the dissemination of STD related information. Findings also revealed how women believed healthcare providers might present sexual health information to motivate changes in risky sexual behaviors. The three major themes emerging from the analyses of the data collected were providers did not initiate discussions about preventing STDs, no information was received about preventing STDs during consultations, and visuals could motivate changes in risky sexual behaviors. Recommendations based on the study’s findings involved identifying opportunities to leverage staff members in healthcare providers’ settings, illuminate cues to action, develop STD awareness programs specifically for women, and to conduct future research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Martin, Craig H.
Commitee: Buchbinder, Sharon B., Nicholson, Shana L.
School: University of Phoenix
Department: School of Advanced Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-B 78/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Public Health Education, Health care management
Keywords: Sexually transmitted diseases, Women
Publication Number: 10139889
ISBN: 9781339953670
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