Communities of female sexual workers and chronic pelvic pain. Cross sectional study in Ecuador
Ecuador (AEMPPI) - Universidad Internacional del Ecuador, Quito
Research Department of the Medical School, Universidad Internacional del Ecuador. Av. Jorge Fernández s/n y Av. Simón Bolívar, Quito – Ecuador
Natalia Romero
Natalia Romero
Spanish, English and Portuguese
4 weeks
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Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project with Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
Female sex workers (FSWs) are at a high risk of contracting chronic pelvic pain (CPP) due to multiple factors. Moreover, their vulnerability is augmented by the social and health inequalities they face. Sex work is legal in Ecuador and is carried out in streets, or in establishments destined for sexual commerce. Ecuador tackles sexual work as an aspect of public health. However, scientific information about CPP affecting FSW is scarce or out-dated.
What is the aim of the project?
To analyze the potential relationship among chronic pelvic pain and laboral characteristics of female sex workers in Ecuador.
What techniques and methods are used?
Cross sectional study based on secondary data from the study “Risky sexual behavior among female sex workers in Ecuador” Steps required for students to achieve the goals in the project: 1. Search for scientific literature about the research topics. 2.Variables description (univariate description; use of percentage, mean, standard deviation) 3. Prepare a draft of the research article. Strategy: Work with the research team toward goals. Tools to be used: 1.SPSS 2. Bibliographic search and use of bibliographic database. 3.Basic statistics
What is the role of the student?
- The student will observe the practical experiments but will be highly involved in the analysis of the results
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
1.Search for scientific literature about the research topics. 2.Variables description (univariate description; use of percentage, mean, standard deviation) 3. Prepare a draft of the research article: introduction, materials and methods, results, conclusion, following the guide author of the chosen journal. 4. Work daily in a coordinated manner with the research team.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
Preliminary readings: prevalence studies about CPP and FSW.
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student will prepare a scientific report
- The student’s name will be mentioned in a future publication
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Subjects passed: Biostatistics, Epidemiology Previous experience with: SPSS, bibliographic research Database management
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts:
- Medical students
- Graduated students (less than 6 months)
- Prevalence and determinants of risky sexual practice in Ethiopia: Systematic review and Meta-analysis (
- Prevalence of Sexually Transmitted Infections and Their Risk Factors among Female Sex Workers in Isfahan; Iran: A Cross-Sectional Study (
- Low educational level: a risk factor for sexually transmitted infections among commercial sex workers in Quito; Ecuador (
- Speer L; Mushkbar S. Chronic Pelvic Pain in Women. University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences; Toledo; Ohio; 2016.