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Handling of Chlamydia infections in young men aged 15 to 25 years by general practitioners. A questionnaire study

Handling of Chlamydia infections in young men aged 15 to 25 years by general practitioners. A questionnaire study

Ugeskrift for Laeger 163(34): 4587-4591

Urogenital chlamydia is still common in the young. The late risks are well-documented. Most of the infections are diagnosed in general practice. The aim was to assess general practitioners' handling of urogenital chlamydial infections in young people aged 15-25 years. Two groups of GPs were selected at random and were asked to complete a questionnaire before and after a "State-of-the-Art" was sent to all GPs from the National Board of Health. The questionnaire covered questions about 1) the test indication; 2) advice on the infection diagnosed; 3) contact tracing; and 4) first choice of treatment for uncomplicated infection in non-pregnant women. There was no difference between the two groups in the answers to questions 1) to 3), but an obvious change towards single-dose treatment in question 4), not because of the "State-of-the-Art", but rather because of the intensive marketing of the simple treatment regime. Implementation of new knowledge in general practice does not work only through national guidelines from the authorities to general practice, but is wholly dependent on central and local collaboration and GPs having the chance to discuss it between themselves.

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