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Educating practice staff about chlamydia boosts detection in young adults

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 16 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5613
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Teaching general practice staff about screening for chlamydia helped to increase testing rates and diagnoses among 16-24 year olds, a study has found.1

The intervention programme was developed by Public Health England and tested in 76 practices in southwest England, which were compared with 81 control practices that received the usual support from the national chlamydia screening programme (a single telephone contact or visit, availability to answer any queries by telephone, provision of testing kits when they were needed, and partner notification).

Although 60% of young people in England attend their general practice every year, only 16% of the 136 000 tests for chlamydia are delivered through primary care.

The intervention aimed to change …

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