Main Organiser

Julius Centre University of Malaya

Co-organiser

Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malay

Supported by

University of Malaya

AWARENESS AND UTILIZATION OF PRIMARY CARE SERVICES FOR REPRODUCTIVE AND SEXUAL HEALTH AMONG ADOLESCENTS

Author

Sie Zin Kong, Sajaratulnisah Othman

Institution

Department of Primary Care Medicine, University Malaya Medical Center

Abstract

Objectives: Primary care is the most accessible health facilities for adolescents in Malaysia for sexual and reproductive health (SRH) but it is uncertain if adolescents are aware of the services. This study aims to examine the awareness and utilization of primary care services for SRH among adolescents, and to explore the barriers toward utilization of primary care services for SRH among adolescent.

Methods: This is a cross-sectional survey involving form four students from five randomly selected secondary schools in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. The students administered self-administered questionnaire that was developed by UNFPA to access the knowledge, attitude and utilization of health services among adolescents were used.

Results: 680 students participated in this study. Eighty-nine percent of the participants were not aware of the availability of SRH services and only 5.9% adolescents ever visited primary care clinic for SRH. Around 7 out of 10 adolescents felt uncomfortable going to primary care clinic for SRH with 56.7% of them felt embarrassed and 37.7% felt there is lack of confidentiality.

Conclusion : Awareness and utilization of primary care services for SRH among adolescents in Malaysia is poor and barriers do exists. Effort should be made to improve this situation.