Increasing chlamydia screening in general practice – learning from the target group

Elaine E O'Connell, Angela Hogan, Ellie Ricketts, Jo Jacomelli, Cliodna McNulty

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Abstract

On average 60% of men and 75% of women annually visit their GP for a consultation; this makes GP practices an ideal setting for chlamydia screening. Chlamydia has a high infection rate and is asymptomatic in nature; therefore it is vital that people are screened to increase the diagnostic rate.

Staff in general practice do not always offer opportunistic chlamydia screening to people aged 15-24, as they feel they could offend or cause them anxiety. Furthermore, staff perceive that the instructions are too complicated and therefore they need to spend time explaining what to do when they do offer a screen.

Evidence has shown that young people: want to be asked; feel chlamydia screening should become normal practice by being routinely offered by GP staff and view GP surgery as one of their preferred settings for screening. An audit questionnaire put in screening packs by the HPA also found from 216 responses that 91% were happy and 90% were not embarrassed to be offered a test opportunistically. Furthermore 91% of respondents also found the collection instructions clear.

GP staff are ideally placed to offer chlamydia screening opportunistically which has the potential to prevent the long-term complications of chlamydia.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPrimary Health Care
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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