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Partner notification interviews: can they be done by telephone for patients diagnosed in the community? Gill Bell Nurse Consultant Sexual Health Adviser.

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1 Partner notification interviews: can they be done by telephone for patients diagnosed in the community? Gill Bell Nurse Consultant Sexual Health Adviser Sheffield

2 Background PN interviews traditionally face to face with a sexual health adviser in GUM Increased STI screening outside GUM High cost of trained interviewers in all testing sites Telephone management feasible?

3 Potential problems More difficult to engage / negotiate over the phone Time constraints Lack of privacy No body language

4 Method Comparison of outcomes of PN for chlamydia: 1. Chlamydia Screening Programme positives Sept 2004 –May 2005 first interviewed by telephone 2. GUM cases chlamydia < 25s Number / gender matched September 2004 – March 2005 first interviewed face to face.

5 Results CSP Sept 04 – May 05 GUM Sept o4 – March 05 BASHH National standard (Provincial) Number verified screened contacts per case / /

6 Results CSP Sept 04 – May 05 GUM Sept 04 – March 05 Number new positives traced per case 89/ /

7 Results CSP Sept 04 – May 05 GUM Sept 04- March 05 Number of index patients interviewed to identify new case 277/ /84 3.3

8 Conclusion Telephone PN can be as effective as face to face interviews Reproducible with other interviewers? Sustainable over time? Patient perspective? Adequate for health promotion / patient support?


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