Posted October 16, 2018 06:05:23The obstetricians who are supposed to be protecting women from STDs are sometimes rude, too, and it’s time to start treating them better, according to the nation’s top obstetric and gynecologic group.
In a statement released Tuesday, the National Center for Health Statistics said there were more than 3,500 OB/GYNs and other gynecologists who received a federal grant for a “behavioral risk assessment” that looked at “how a OB/gyn practitioner interacts with patients, how often the practice is observed, and other health behaviors.”
It didn’t say whether the survey included questions about whether the practice was respectful of the privacy of patients, and how often it offered free STD screenings or referrals.
The study was published in the Journal of Women’s Health and was based on data from a survey of more than 2,000 U.S. OB/Gyns conducted between 2014 and 2019.
The researchers said that although the survey had a margin of error of 2.2 percentage points, it was enough to get the survey published.
The study focused on OB/Gynecologists.
While they may be part of the profession, they may not be the most qualified to care for patients with STDs because of cultural differences and limited time in the field, according a statement from the National Obstetric and Gynecologic Association.
OB-GYNs are responsible for providing medical care to pregnant women, their newborns and their infants.
The OB/gyn is responsible for performing basic medical exams, providing STD screening, and referring patients for testing, according the statement.
“If you’re a practicing OB/gon and you don’t have a doctor who is experienced in diagnosing, treating, and treating patients with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), you are not going to have a role in protecting the health and well-being of women,” said Dr. Laura Gavilanes, the chair of OB/GI, in the statement, which said that most OB/gyns in the U.s. have not had any training in STD prevention or treatment.
Obstetricians should also “avoid treating patients who are not healthy and competent, or who are uncomfortable with the medical care,” the statement said.
Obstetricians also should “be aware that a lack of knowledge or knowledge of STD prevention and care can contribute to negative outcomes in the patient’s health.”
The survey did not specifically address what the survey’s findings should mean for OB/Gs, who can be expected to act with greater sensitivity when it comes to patients with serious health conditions.
The survey was based off of responses from about 100 women and included questions such as: If I have had unprotected sex, what would I do?
Do I have any STDs?
What is the safest way to handle STDs that may have spread?
If I do have STDs, are there any precautions that I can take to reduce the risk of transmitting STDs to other people?
The survey also did not ask about whether a person was comfortable with their OB/go, which can mean that an OB/gt is more likely to have some degree of familiarity with the practice.
OBG is a group of OB-gyns that represent the majority of OBGs in the country.
However, a small minority of OBG members are OB-gon, which means they are trained in other areas such as gynecology.
A majority of these OB/gs also have a degree of autonomy in terms of how they perform their work, the statement added.
The study was also based on information from a 2014 survey of 1,300 U.K. OBGs conducted by the British Medical Association.
The results showed that more than 40% of OBOGs said that their practice was “too conservative,” and a majority said they were uncomfortable with their practice being a “one-size-fits-all practice.”
The study found that OBGs should “do a better job of making referrals to other doctors who are also trained in the health of women and children,” as well as “encourage patients to have regular STD testing.”
The survey also said that OB/GTs need to “do their part by being attentive to patients and their needs, and by making sure that all patients have the care and support they need.”
ABC News’ Andrew Thomas contributed to this report.