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Table 2 Chlamydia practice - testing scenarios and specimens

From: The chlamydia knowledge, awareness and testing practices of Australian general practitioners and practice nurses: survey findings from the Australian Chlamydia Control Effectiveness Pilot (ACCEPt)

Questions relating to chlamydia practice Overall n (%) GP n (%) PN n (%) OR (95% CI) P value
Should chlamydia testing be offered to: 23 year old female, pap smear      
No 259 (38.6) 240 (43.3) 19 (16.4) Ref  
Yes* 411 (61.3) 314 (56.7) 97 (83.6) 3.3 (1.8, 6.0) <0.01
18 year old woman, lower abdominal pain      
No 28 (4.2) 27 (4.9) 1 (0.9) Ref  
Yes* 642 (95.8) 528 (95.1) 114 (99.1) 5.6 (.6, 50.8) 0.12
26 year old man, truck license medical examination      
No* 466 (69.5) 432 (77.8) 34 (29.6) Ref  
Yes 204 (30.5) 123 (22.2) 81 (70.4) 0.1 (0.1, 0.2) <0.01
24 year old woman, 16 weeks pregnant      
No 322 (48.2) 304 (55.1) 18 (15.6) Ref  
Yes* 345 (51.7) 248 (44.9) 97 (84.4) 7.3 (3.6, 14.6) <0.01
22 year Aboriginal man, sore throat      
No 393 (58.6) 369 (66.5) 24 (20.8) Ref  
Yes* 277 (41.3) 186 (33.5) 91 (79.1) 7.1 (3.9, 12.9) <0.01
33 year old woman in stable relationship, pill script      
No* 523 (78.2) 459 (83.0) 64 (55.2) Ref  
Yes 146 (21.8) 94 (17.0) 52 (44.8) 0.3 (0.2, 0.5) <0.01
17 year old man, genital warts      
No 20 (3.0) 17 (3.1) 3 (2.6) Ref  
Yes* 651 (97.0) 538 (96.9) 113 (97.4) 1.4 (.4, 5.4) 0.62
34 year old man, 2 female partners in 6 months, HIV test      
No 16 (2.4) 13 (2.4) 3 (2.6) Ref  
Yes* 652 (97.6) 540 (97.6) 112 (97.4) 1.0 (0.2, 5.4) 0.98
Which specimens can be used to test for chlamydia in the following patients:
Heterosexual female, no genital symptoms 1      
Incorrect 29 (4.4) 14 (2.6) 15 (13.3) Ref  
Correct 631 (95.6) 533 (97.4) 98 (86.7) 0.15 (0.1, 0.4) <0.001
Heterosexual female, abnormal vaginal/cervical discharge 2      
Incorrect 44 (6.6) 19 (3.5) 25 (22.1) Ref  
Correct 620 (93.4) 532 (96.5) 88 (77.9) 0.13 (0.1, 0.3) <0.01
Heterosexual male, no genital symptoms 3      
Incorrect 62 (9.5) 31 (5.7) 31 (27.7) Ref  
Correct 592 (90.5) 511 (94.3) 81 (72.3) 0.14 (0.1, 0.3) <0.01
Heterosexual man, urethral discharge 4      
Incorrect 502 (76.4) 404 (74.3) 98 (86.7) Ref  
Correct 155 (23.6) 140 (25.7) 15 (13.3) 0.45 (0.2, 0.9) 0.03
Man who has sex with men, no genital symptoms 5      
Incorrect 203 (81.2) 146 (78.9) 57 (87.7) Ref  
Correct 47 (18.8) 39 (21.1) 8 (12.3) 0.28 (0.1, 1.0) 0.05
  1. *Correct answer.
  2. 1Acceptable specimens - cervical or high vaginal or self collected vaginal swabs or urine 2Acceptable specimens - cervical or high vaginal or self collected vaginal swabs or urine 3Acceptable specimens - urine 4Accepatble specimens - urine 5Acceptable specimens - anal swab and urine.
  3. GP, general practitioner.
  4. PN, practice nurse.
  5. OR, odds ratio.
  6. CI, confidence Interval.