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ISRN Family Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 931265, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2013/931265
Research Article

Is There a Need for Men's Health Training for Family Physicians in Canada?

1Academic Family Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, 3311 Fairlight Drive, Saskatoon, SK, Canada S7M 3Y5
2Research Division, Department of Academic Family Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, West Winds Primary Health Centre, 3311 Fairlight Drive, Saskatoon, SK, Canada S7M 3Y5
3College of Medicine, Regina General Hospital, 1440-14th Avenue, Regina, SK, Canada S4P 0W5

Received 23 January 2013; Accepted 13 February 2013

Academic Editors: E. Brunner and R. Ruiz-Moral

Copyright © 2013 Andries Muller et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Objective. The goal of this study was to explore which topics were rendered important to incorporate into a men's health curriculum for family medicine resident training. Design. A mixed-methodology was used. A case study method with a sequential transformative strategy was utilized. A quantitative survey was sent to the 17 program directors of Canadian family medicine training programs. This was followed by a qualitative phase with interviews of selected program directors and two focus groups with practicing family physicians from a rural and an urban clinic. Main Findings. Certain issues were identified for incorporation into a men's health curriculum for family medicine resident training. These issues were grouped in three groups: male sexual and reproductive health, general topics, and procedures specific to men's health. Conclusion. It appears that there is no formal curriculum to address any of these issues in any of the current family medicine training programs in Canada. Based on the information gathered from participants in this study, there is a great need for such a curriculum to exist.