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Impact of a Comprehensive Sexual Health History Taking Tool

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Obtaining a comprehensive sexual health history is an important part of the patient history taking process and is essential to providing high-quality, patient-centered, and accessible healthcare. Information gathered from the

Obtaining a comprehensive sexual health history is an important part of the patient history taking process and is essential to providing high-quality, patient-centered, and accessible healthcare. Information gathered from the sexual health history guides delivery of appropriate education about prevention, counseling, treatment, and care. A federally qualified health center (FQHC) reported that they did not have a standardized comprehensive sexual health history taking process. To address this concern, a literature review was conducted to survey current evidence regarding both patient and healthcare provider perspective on sexual health history taking. While it is recommended for a sexual health history to be performed routinely, both healthcare providers and patients have reported sexual health is not discussed at most visits.

The findings led to the initiation of an evidence-based project implementing a comprehensive sexual health history taking tool at the FQHC. The tool assists in obtaining a comprehensive sexual history and provides an understanding of the sexual practices of the patients. If healthcare providers become aware of the sexual practices of their patients, they are better able to provide evidence-based education that could lead to better health outcomes. The participants reported they liked being asked about their sexual health, did not find the questions too personal, and reported the questionnaire addressed their sexual health concerns, and was worth their time. Taking a comprehensive sexual health history is a fundamental skill that all healthcare providers must strive to improve for the general health of their patients and the community.

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  • 2020-05-04

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A Walking Plan for Pregnant Women with Gestational Diabetes: A Feasibility Study

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Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a well-established predictor for the development of type II diabetes mellitus (T2DM) later in life. The incidence of GDM has been on the rise over

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a well-established predictor for the development of type II diabetes mellitus (T2DM) later in life. The incidence of GDM has been on the rise over the past 30 years and is the leading co-morbidity during pregnancy (Ferrara, 2007). Physical activity (PA) in combination with nutritional therapy has been shown to achieve glycemic control in women with GDM and is therefore first line therapy for management (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology [ACOG], 2017; Center for Disease Control and Prevent [CDC], 2018).

Recommendations for PA in pregnancy include 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise most days of the week (ACOG 2015; U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2018). Because of this, an innovative project was created to determine the feasibility of adding a walking plan into GDM care. Participants in the project received verbal and written instruction on an unsupervised structured walking plan set up for a beginner to gradually increase PA to the recommended time of 150 minutes per week for a total of four weeks. Eight women were interested, recruited, and enrolled in the project.

Results show that overall, participant PA increased. One hundred percent agreed that the walking plan was useful and increased their awareness about PA. The addition of a walking plan in GDM teaching is an effective strategy to lower serum blood glucose (SBG) levels and for meeting PA recommendations during pregnancy.

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  • 2019-04-29