Willingness of gynaecologists, doctors in family planning, GPs, practice nurses and pharmacists to adopt novel interventions for treating sexual partners of women with chlamydia
Article first published online: 18 SEP 2007
RCOG 2007 BJOG An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Volume 114, Issue 12, pages 1516–1521, December 2007
How to Cite
Cameron, S., Melvin, L., Glasier, A., Scott, G., Johnstone, A. and Young, H. (2007), Willingness of gynaecologists, doctors in family planning, GPs, practice nurses and pharmacists to adopt novel interventions for treating sexual partners of women with chlamydia. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 114: 1516–1521. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2007.01506.x
- Issue published online: 28 SEP 2007
- Article first published online: 18 SEP 2007
- Accepted 28 July 2007. Published OnlineEarly 18 September 2007.
- partner notification;
- postal testing
Objective To determine willingness of health professionals to adopt new interventions for treating sexual partners of women with chlamydia.
Design Anonymous, self-administered questionnaires of doctors, practice nurses and community pharmacists regarding novel testing/treatment options for partners of women with chlamydia.
Setting Local (Scotland) and national (UK) clinical meetings in reproductive health, and community pharmacy (Lothian).
Population Doctors (general practice, gynaecology, family planning) and practice nurses who were delegates at selected meetings in reproductive health and community pharmacists attending pharmacy meetings.
Methods Doctors and nurses were invited to complete a questionnaire indicating their preferred strategy for testing/treating sexual partners of women with chlamydia if given choice of partner notification, postal testing kit (PTK), patient delivered partner medication (PDPM) with azithromycin or combined PDPM and PTK. Community pharmacists were invited to complete a questionnaire regarding their willingness to introduce chlamydia testing and treatment services.
Main outcome measures Reported preferences of doctors and nurses for partner testing/treatment strategies and willingness of pharmacists to offer new services.
Results Questionnaires were completed by 211 doctors, 73 practice nurses and 50 pharmacists. The most popular choice of doctors (30%) and nurses (23%) was a combination of PDPM with PTK, with partner notification the least popular (8 and 3%, respectively). One in four doctors had previously used PDPM for treating partners. Most pharmacists were willing to supply free PTKs (98%), offer testing (75%) and treatment services (100%) and give women PDPM for partners (80%).
Conclusion Relevant health professionals, who are increasingly involved in managing chlamydia, are largely in favour of introducing new strategies for treating sexual partners.