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Need for physician education on the benefits and risks of male circumcision in the United States.
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PMID:  22827906     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Physicians may be called upon to counsel male patients or parents of newborn males regarding their decision to circumcise their newborn sons. The purpose of the present study was to describe physicians who do not understand the benefits and risks associated with male circumcision well enough to counsel parents of newborn male infants and adult men. A self-administered, cross-sectional electronic survey of physicians was conducted in 2008. We analyzed responses from 1,500 physicians (510 family practitioners, 490 internists, 250 pediatricians, and 250 obstetricians/gynecologists). Nearly 22% (n = 327/1500) reported they did not understand the risks and benefits of newborn male circumcision well enough to counsel parents and 40.3% (n = 504/1250) reported not understanding the risks and benefits well enough to counsel adult men. A substantial minority of physicians may need additional training and/or information about current male circumcision research to feel comfortable counseling parents of newborn male infants or adult men.
Baevin Carbery; Julia Zhu; Deborah A Gust; Robert T Chen; Katrina Kretsinger; Peter H Kilmarx
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  AIDS education and prevention : official publication of the International Society for AIDS Education     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1943-2755     ISO Abbreviation:  AIDS Educ Prev     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-07-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9002873     Medline TA:  AIDS Educ Prev     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  377-87     Citation Subset:  IM; X    
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