Publications & Reports

Chlamydia testing in general practice - a survey of Victorian general practitioners.

Hocking JS, Lim MS, Vidanapathirana J, Read TR, Hellard M
School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia. jhocking@unimelb.edu.au

Abstract

BACKGROUND: To assess the current chlamydia testing practices of Victorian general practitioners (GPs). METHODS: GPs were randomly selected from the Australasian Medical Publishing Company’s national database of medical practitioners and mailed a letter of invitation asking them to complete a postal survey. Up to three postal reminders were sent to non-responders. RESULTS: Of 421 eligible GPs, 252 (60%) returned a completed survey; 22.9% (95% CI: 17.8%, 28.6%) reported testing at least some asymptomatic patients for chlamydia each week and 26.8% (95% CI: 21.4%, 32.7%) reported that they presumptively treated patients for chlamydia without testing them at least half the time. The majority knew the appropriate specimens for diagnosing chlamydia, but 6-8% thought blood and 6% indicated that the Pap smear could be used to reliably diagnose chlamydia infection. CONCLUSIONS: These findings have implications for the future chlamydia screening pilot program in Australia and indicate that a comprehensive education program will be necessary to inform GPs and equip them with the skills to appropriately test for chlamydia in their practice.

Publication

  • Journal: Sexual Health
  • Published: 01/12/2006
  • Volume: 3
  • Issue: 4
  • Pagination: 241-244

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