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Investigation of Existing Educational Content Regarding HIV-Positive Pregnant Women in Genetic Counseling Programs

Chadwick, Sara Lawson (2011) Investigation of Existing Educational Content Regarding HIV-Positive Pregnant Women in Genetic Counseling Programs. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Objectives/Research Questions: The purpose of this study was to assess existing curricula regarding HIV positive pregnant women in genetic counseling graduate programs. Methods: Genetic counseling programs were surveyed to assess existing curricula regarding prevention and treatment issues for HIV positive pregnant women. Programs were asked to identify their need for HIV-related educational materials, specifically issues and content needed to provide effective education for students and types of materials that would most benefit programs. Results: Of the 32 graduate genetic counseling programs, 26 (81.3%) responded to the survey. The data show that 65.4% currently offer HIV education in their curriculum. With regard to development of educational materials to address HIV in pregnancy, 64.3% (9/14) of programs that provide HIV education and 88.9% (8/9) of programs that provide no HIV education indicated they would benefit from development of these materials. The most commonly requested materials were webinars, PowerPoint presentations, and clinical case examples.Conclusions: The results of this study indicate a need for the development of additional educational materials addressing issues specific to HIV positive pregnant women and reduction of perinatal transmission. Through the Pennsylvania/MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center, web-based seminars and other educational materials were developed for distribution to genetic counseling programs.Implications for Public Health: HIV is a major public health issue for all health-care providers who work with women of child-bearing age. Improving knowledge of HIV prevention and treatment in pregnant women is important for genetic counselors who may encounter HIV-positive pregnant women in their clinical practice.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Chadwick, Sara
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFrank, Linda Rosefrankie@pitt.eduFRANKIE
Committee MemberGettig, Elizabethgettig@pitt.eduGETTIG
Committee MemberWilson, John Wilburwilson@nsabp.pitt.eduJWW
Date: 29 June 2011
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 11 April 2011
Approval Date: 29 June 2011
Submission Date: 30 March 2011
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Genetic Counseling
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: AIDS; education; genetic counseling; HIV; pregnancy
Other ID:, etd-03302011-161235
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:33
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:37


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