Presentation on theme: "Partner notification interviews: can they be done by telephone for patients diagnosed in the community? Gill Bell Nurse Consultant Sexual Health Adviser."— Presentation transcript:
Partner notification interviews: can they be done by telephone for patients diagnosed in the community? Gill Bell Nurse Consultant Sexual Health Adviser Sheffield
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?
Potential problems More difficult to engage / negotiate over the phone Time constraints Lack of privacy No body language
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.
Results CSP Sept 04 – May 05 GUM Sept o4 – March 05 BASHH National standard (Provincial) Number verified screened contacts per case 0.82 231/281 0.85 240/281 0.6
Results CSP Sept 04 – May 05 GUM Sept 04 – March 05 Number new positives traced per case 89/281 0.32 84/281 0.30
Results CSP Sept 04 – May 05 GUM Sept 04- March 05 Number of index patients interviewed to identify new case 277/89 3.1 273/84 3.3
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?