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Assessing the Effectiveness of Single Session Didactic Teaching in Improving Health Care Professionals’ Knowledge of the LGBTQ Population
Purpose: To examine the impact of a single didactic session on
short-term knowledge acquisition and long-term knowledge retention of
principles related to LGBTQ healthcare.
Background: Individuals who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) compose an estimated 1.1-3.8% of the population.
Despite significant legal and societal advances, disparities persist in LGBTQ
health care education, delivery, and outcomes. Multiple national medical
organizations have produced initiatives emphasizing the development of
educational resources to address these disparities.
Methods: A prospective observational study was performed.
Knowledge acquisition was examined by a written survey, including 5 semantic
differential scale and 5 multiple-choice questions. The survey was provided
prior to and after a didactic session, then again four weeks later.
Participation was voluntary and anonymous. Statistics were analyzed using Graph
Pad Prism 8 Software (San Diego, CA).
Results: Comparing summed scores, immediate pre and post
results (n=63) showed significant improvement across both semantic differential
scale (5.7-7.78; p-value 0.00005) and multiple-choice (71%-91%; p-value 0.0004)
questions. The 4-week post results (n=33) showed knowledge degradation, but
significant improvement when compared to pre-test (5.7-7.21; p-value 0.01,
71%-86%; p-value 0.0095). The most significant improvements were in knowledge
of LGBTQ community resources (3.9-7.6-6.4; p-value < 0.00001) and options
for gender affirmation (51%-73%-69%; p-value < 0.00001).
Discussions: As medical curricula continue to evolve to address the
needs of the LGBTQ population, this study indicates that a single didactic
session may significantly improve provider knowledge about LGBTQ health care.
This should result in improvements in awareness and communication, patient
satisfaction, and health outcomes.
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