Are primary care-based sexually transmitted infection services in the UK delivering public health benefit?

Bailey, A C, Johnson, S A and Cassell, J A (2010) Are primary care-based sexually transmitted infection services in the UK delivering public health benefit? International Journal of STD & AIDS, 21 (1). pp. 39-45. ISSN 0956-4624

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Abstract

Sexual health services in primary care, known in the UK as local enhanced services in sexual health (LESSH), aim to increase access to sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening and treatment. Little is known about the characteristics, quality or public health impact of these services. We identified national standards for service provision, and evaluated LESSH against them using a structure, process and outcome approach. Clinical structure and process standards were generally well met, with the exception of partner notification provision. However, public health and outcome measures were largely unascertainable and often undefined in the standards. If the primary care STI services are to deliver public health benefit, improved outcome measures and data collection are required.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: sexual health services • primary care • general practice
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Primary Care and Public Health
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Depositing User: Caroline Brooks
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2010
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2017 11:55
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/2287
Google Scholar:5 Citations

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