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Spellbound: Impact of a Professionalism Workshop on Abortion Attitudes for Residents at Catholic Programs

Purpose: To determine if a professionalism workshop that explores attitudes about abortion care influences ob-gyn resident attitudes at Catholic residency programs.

Background: Catholic residency programs face institutional barriers to abortion training.

Methods: Between 2018-2019, we provided professionalism workshops at five Catholic programs that do not provide abortion training. Participants received a pre and post survey related to abortion training and attitudes.  We compared Likert responses using Wilcoxon matched pair test. 

Results: 41 residents (87% of eligible residents) completed both surveys; 29.3% reported Catholic religion, 14.6% reported their personal views on reproductive care are in line with their institution, and 12.2% reported selecting a Catholic program based on its religious affiliation.  With respect to prior abortion experiences, 75.6% provided options counselling, 41.5% provided abortion referral, and 9.8% provided first-trimester abortion for nonmedical reasons.  Views on whether abortion or related circumstances is justifiable did not change for a patient presenting with an undesired pregnancy (p=0.32), but demonstrated increasing acceptance for the following circumstances:  (1) patient presenting for abortion at 19 weeks (p=0.001), (2) patient presenting for second abortion (p=0.01), and (3) patient declining post-abortal contraception (p< 0.001).  Emotional reactions to scenarios were unchanged.  When asked about when abortion is morally acceptable, views became more accepting for patients presenting with financial inability (p< 0.01) and for disruption to career or education (p< 0.01).

Discussions: A professionalism workshop can be a useful tool for residents at Catholic training programs to explore their abortion attitudes and results in more accepting attitudes toward women who choose abortion in certain circumstances.

Topics: CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2020, Resident, Faculty, Residency Director, Professionalism, Systems-Based Practice & Improvement, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, GME, Assessment, Public Health, Contraception or Family Planning,

General Information


Intended
Audience
Resident,Faculty,Residency Director,
Competencies
Addressed
Professionalism,Systems-Based Practice & Improvement,Interpersonal & Communication Skills,
Educational
Continuum
GME,
Educational
Focus
Assessment,Public Health,
Clinical Focus
Contraception or Family Planning,

Author Information

Maryam Guiahi, MD, MsC; University of Colorado School of Medicine; Carrie Wilson, MD, MPH; Emily Claymore, MPH; Kristin Simonson, MA; Uta Landy, PhD; Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS, PhD

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