Chlamydia testing in general practice - A survey of Victorian general practitioners

Jane S. Hocking, Megan S.C. Lim, Janaki Vidanapathirana, Tim R.H. Read, Margaret Hellard

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-244
Number of pages4
JournalSexual Health
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2006

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Hocking, Jane S. ; Lim, Megan S.C. ; Vidanapathirana, Janaki ; Read, Tim R.H. ; Hellard, Margaret. / Chlamydia testing in general practice - A survey of Victorian general practitioners. In: Sexual Health. 2006 ; Vol. 3, No. 4. pp. 241-244.
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Chlamydia testing in general practice - A survey of Victorian general practitioners. / Hocking, Jane S.; Lim, Megan S.C.; Vidanapathirana, Janaki; Read, Tim R.H.; Hellard, Margaret.

In: Sexual Health, Vol. 3, No. 4, 24.11.2006, p. 241-244.

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