Can J Public Health. 1994 Sep-Oct;85(5):344-6. Unique Identifier :
Based on a representative sample of Quebec physicians (n = 879), this
study assesses physicians' motivation to perform a clinical examination
on an HIV-infected patient and their opinion about issues related to HIV
screening. Confronted with an HIV-infected patient, 70% of physicians
would perform a clinical examination; however, more senior medical
specialists with fewer contacts with patients seem less inclined to
perform a clinical examination on these patients. Almost 80% agree with
a mandatory nominal confidential notification of positive HIV screenees.
However, 33% agree with the practice of contact tracing and 40% consider
it acceptable to test a patient without his or her explicit consent.
Even if Canada does not regulate the testing of immigrants for HIV, more
than 75% of the respondents agree with such a policy. Finally, a
negative association was observed between the intent to perform a
clinical examination on an HIV-infected patient and a favourable
attitude toward the screening of immigrants and the testing of patients
without their consent.
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome/*DIAGNOSIS/THERAPY Adult *Attitude
of Health Personnel Confidentiality Contact Tracing Cross-Sectional
Studies Emigration and Immigration English Abstract Human Mass
Screening Middle Age Motivation Physical Examination
Physicians/*PSYCHOLOGY Quebec *Refusal to Treat Specialties, Medical