Commentary on"The impact of establishing a local-enhanced service for treating sexually transmitted infections in primary care"

Bailey, A. and Cassell, J. (2008) Commentary on"The impact of establishing a local-enhanced service for treating sexually transmitted infections in primary care". Sexually Transmitted Infections, 84 (3). pp. 237-238. ISSN 1368-4973

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Abstract

Sohal et al1 have attempted to evaluate the public health and economic impact of incentivised primary care services on sexually transmitted infection (STI) diagnoses across a population. In doing so, they have illustrated the difficulties in obtaining information that bedevil the planning of sexual health services in the United Kingdom2 3 and elsewhere.4 A key public health motive for developing such services is the provision of improved access to testing and care. This should be measured in terms of outcomes with potential impact on transmission dynamics, particularly the duration of infectivity.5 How can we tell whether this has been achieved? Measures of access, detailed trends in testing and diagnosis rates and—importantly—measures of partner notification outcomes are essential in making any such assessment. Real challenges still exist describing whole sexual health economies and therefore in comparing them between areas or across time.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Primary Care and Public Health
Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Depositing User: Caroline Brooks
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2009
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 07:55
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/2199
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