National audit of asymptomatic screening in UK genitourinary medicine clinics: case-notes audit

H McClean, C A Carne, A K Sullivan, A Menon-Johansson, R Gokhale, G Sethi, A G Mammen-Tobin, D Daniels
International Journal of STD & AIDS 2010, 21 (7): 506-11
A national audit of screening of asymptomatic patients seen in UK genitourinary medicine clinics in 2009 was conducted against the national guidelines. Data were aggregated by regions and clinics in regions, allowing practice to be compared within and between regions, as well as to national averages and against national guidelines. The case-notes of 4428 patients were audited. Performance was over 80% against the national guidelines for screening of asymptomatic heterosexual men, men who have sex with men (MSM) and women for chlamydial, gonorrhoeal, syphilis and HIV infections. However, the recommended method of endocervical culture for gonorrhoea was performed in only 65% of women, with a further one-quarter being screened with endocervical or vulvovaginal nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs). Although significant NAAT use for gonorrhoea was seen in all groups, testing for gonorrhoea by culture is still recommended as a first-line test on invasive samples. Over 80% of MSM, who were not known to be immune, were screened for hepatitis B. Urethral microscopy was performed in 22% of heterosexual men and 17% of MSM, and cervical microscopy in 12% of women.

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