Genital Chlamydia trachomatis infection: a study of general practice management in northern Queensland

Heal, Clare, Cheffins, Tracy, Larkins, Sarah, Buhrer-Skinner, Monika, and Spillman, Margaret (2012) Genital Chlamydia trachomatis infection: a study of general practice management in northern Queensland. Australian Family Physician, 41 (7). pp. 519-521.

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Abstract

Background Most diagnoses of genital Chlamydia trachomatis infection in Queensland are made by general practitioners. This study aimed to describe GP knowledge of recommended guidelines for chlamydia management and ascertain GPs' preferred model for contact tracing. Method A questionnaire completed by 35 GPs in northern Queensland in January 2011. Results Although the majority of GPs reported treating uncomplicated chlamydia infection correctly with azithromycin, very few (26%) used empirical treatment. Most reported testing for re-infection within 6 weeks of initial positive results, earlier than recommended. The GPs preferred the notifiable disease register to refer the patient directly to a specialist contact tracer. Conclusion General practitioners in this regional location and probably elsewhere would benefit from education around the timing of re-testing. Public health units and sexual health services should consider ways of providing a contact tracing service for patients with positive chlamydia results in general practice.

Item ID: 22972
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: chlamydia infections contact tracing, general practice
ISSN: 0300-8495
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2012 05:45
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1108 Medical Microbiology > 110801 Medical Bacteriology @ 33%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110309 Infectious Diseases @ 33%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion @ 34%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920109 Infectious Diseases @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920114 Reproductive System and Disorders @ 50%
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