UK National Audit of chlamydial infection management in sexual health clinics. case notes audit: information-giving, partner notification and follow-up

Hugo McClean, Chris Carne, Paul Bunting, Sumit Bhaduri, Arnold Fernandes, Jyoti Dhar, Steve Estreich, David Daniels
International Journal of STD & AIDS 2008, 19 (7): 473-6
Verbal information-giving is good, but only half of cases were reportedly given written information on chlamydia. Follow-up by 'phoning or texting (43%) was as common as follow-up in clinics (39%). About one-fourth of cases did not have follow up, with no recall for around 60% of these cases. Advice about partner notification (PN) was provided by a health adviser or other suitably trained health professional to 91% of cases, and the method of PN was documented for 92% of these cases. PN outcome was not documented for about 25% of these cases. There was no information on the chlamydial status of sexual contacts of about half of cases, and no information about the treatment status of sexual contacts of about 40% of cases. The average number of contacts screened per index was 0.52 outside London and 0.29 for the London Regions, levels below those suggested in the National Guideline.

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