2015 Funding Round - Feasibility Study

Dr Sally Rose
The University of Otago, Wellington
Facilitating partner notification and rescreening for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in primary care
12 months

Lay summary

Sexual health guidelines recommend partner notification (tracking and treating the sexual contacts of those diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections, STIs) and rescreening 3-months post-treatment be routinely undertaken. Most primary care clinicians rely on index patients to inform their partner(s) about possible infection with no further follow-up on outcomes. Changes are needed within primary care to facilitate these important processes to reduce re-infection, interrupt transmission and the health consequences of untreated STIs. This feasibility study involves a survey of GPs/practice nurses, analysis of laboratory data and an audit at Wellington Sexual Health Service to inform the design of an RCT (outcome measures, sample size, duration). The primary care based RCT would compare the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of partner notification and rescreening when delivered by a practice nurse or sexual health advisor. This study sets the scene for reductions in the incidence, prevalence and adverse health consequences of STIs in New Zealand.

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