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Contents of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Subject in the Undergraduate Nursing Curricula of Spanish Universities, a Cross Sectional Study

Version 1 : Received: 1 September 2021 / Approved: 2 September 2021 / Online: 2 September 2021 (14:45:22 CEST)

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Saus-Ortega, C.; Ballestar-Tarín, M.L.; Chover-Sierra, E.; Martínez-Sabater, A. Contents of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Subject in the Undergraduate Nursing Curricula of Spanish Universities: A Cross-Sectional Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 11472. Saus-Ortega, C.; Ballestar-Tarín, M.L.; Chover-Sierra, E.; Martínez-Sabater, A. Contents of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Subject in the Undergraduate Nursing Curricula of Spanish Universities: A Cross-Sectional Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 11472.

Journal reference: Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 11472
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph182111472

Abstract

Background: It is very important that nurses receive adequate training in Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH). In this study, the contents of the SRH subject in the undergraduate nursing curricula of 77 Spanish universities were examined in order to determine what SRH training nursing students are receiving. Methods: The contents of the SRH subject of all the curricula that were available online were reviewed. The distribution of the contents (topics) in the two areas (reproductive health and sexual health) was analyzed, and the prevalence of each topic was established. It was also determined whether there were differences in topics between public (n=52) and private universities (n=25). Results: The training of nursing students focuses mainly on the area of Reproductive Health (15 topics). Most of the topics of this area had a prevalence greater than 50%. Although the area of Sexual Health had 14 topics, most of these topics had a low prevalence (<20%), especially in private universities. Conclusions: It was found that there is considerable variation in the distribution and prevalence of SRH topics between universities. The contents of the area of Reproductive Health are usually prevalent in most of the curricula, however the contents of the area of Sexual Health are very limited in most of the universities. An organizational effort is required to determine and standardize the contents of SRH that nursing students should receive in Spain to avoid inequalities in their training.

Keywords

Reproductive Health; Sexual Health; Women’s Health; Nursing Curriculum; Nursing Education; Undergraduate Education

Subject

MEDICINE & PHARMACOLOGY, Nursing & Health Studies

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