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Table 2 Percentage and frequency of the participants’ responses on their attitudes toward sexual history taking

From: Are medical students confident in taking a sexual history? An assessment on attitude and skills from an upper middle income country

No   Disagree, frequency (%) Neutral, frequency (%) Agree, frequency (%)
1. I am interested in learning about sexual healtha 10 (1.0) 80 (21.0) 287 (76.0)
2. I think that It is important for doctors to know how to take a sexual history 4 (1.0) 12 (3.0) 363 (96.0)
3. I feel that a nurse can take better sexual historya 140 (36.7) 190 (50.0) 46 (12.3)
4. I think that It is important to be nonjudgmental when taking a sexual historya 9 (2.0) 14 (4.0) 354 (94.0)
5. I feel comfortable in discussing sexual health problems with patientsa 64 (16.0) 127 (34.0) 186 (49.0)
6. I feel comfortable discussing sexual health problems with adolescentsa 69 (18.0) 122 (32.0) 187 (50.0)
7. I feel comfortable discussing sexual health problems with patients of opposite gendera 110 (29.0) 124 (33.0) 143 (37.0)
8. I feel comfortable discussing sexual health problems with unmarried but sexually active patients 65 (17.0) 110 (29.0) 204 (54.0)
9. I feel comfortable in asking patients about their sexual orientation e.g. homosexualsa 102 (27.0) 122 (32.0) 153 (40.0)
10. I feel comfortable in asking patients regarding their sexual practices e.g. “Are you sexually active?”, “Do you practice vaginal sex?”a 91 (24.0) 115 (30.0) 172 (45.0)
11. I feel comfortable in taking a sexual history from patients who are uneasy in discussing sexa 175 (46.0) 129 (34.0) 72 (19.0)
12. I feel that cultural differences are a barrier when discussing sexual health problems with patientsa 76 (19.0) 107 (28.0) 195 (51.0)
13. I feel that religious differences are a barrier when discussing sexual health problems with patientsa 82 (22.0) 105 (28.0) 191 (51.0)
14. I recognize my own limitations in discussing sexual health issues with patients 19 (4.8) 74 (20.0) 286 (75)
15. I have thought about how my own attitudes, beliefs and values may affect my discussion of sexual health issues with patientsa 27 (7.3) 93 (25.0) 258 (69.0)
16. I believe that it is important to maintain patient confidentiality 6 (1.6) 14 (4.0) 359 (95.0)
  1. aNumbers not equal to n = 379 because of missing data.