Acceptability and Opportunity for Chlamydia Screening in Acute Care
Kathleen Tebb*, Mary-Ann Shafer, Fay Chang, Emily Rosenfeld, Rosanna M. Sansone, Ralph Gonzales
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2011
First Page: 6
Last Page: 9
Publisher Id: TOPHJ-4-6
Article History:Received Date: 08/01/2011
Revision Received Date: 19/03/2011
Acceptance Date: 20/04/2011
Electronic publication date: 16/5/2011
Collection year: 2011
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This study examined the acceptability of Chlamydia trachomatis screening among 138 young women in a university-based urgent care setting and the extent to which the urgent care setting represents a missed-opportunity for screening at-risk women. Most women (86%) in need of a chlamydial test found it acceptable to be screened at their urgent care visit – even though their visit was unrelated to a reproductive health issue. Women who were in need of a chlamydial test were significantly less likely to have a primary-care provider than those who were up-to-date (41% vs. 24%, respectively; X=4.2, df=1, p=0.04). This study found chlamydial screening acceptable to young women who are being seen for non-reproductive related health visits in the urgent care setting. Implementing such efforts in urgent care settings can successfully reach a substantial proportion of at risk women who would otherwise not be screened for chlamydial.