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Table 3 Practice nurse opinions and perceived barriers to chlamydia testing

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)

Opinion statement Agree/strongly agree n (%) Disagree/strongly disagree n (%) Neither agree/disagree n (%)
PNs can conduct chlamydia testing in general practice 102 (89.5) 12 (4.4) 7 (6.1)
PNs should have a greater role in chlamydia testing 90 (78.9) 3 (2.6) 21 (18.4)
PNs require additional training/skills to manage chlamydia testing and treatment 100 (88.5) 6 (5.3) 7 (6.2)
I would like to be more involved with chlamydia testing in my practice 88 (78.6) 3 (2.7) 21 (18.7)
I would like to be involved with managing a recall/reminder system for chlamydia testing 84 (75) 7 (6.2) 21 (18.8)
I would like to be involved with discussing partner notification with patients who test positive for chlamydia 68 (60.7) 17 (15.2) 27 (24.1)
Possible barriers to increasing chlamydia testing Yes n (%) No n (%) Not sure n (%)
Concerns about over servicing 5 (4.4) 81 (70.4) 29 (25.2)
Cost of testing to client 23 (20.5) 72 (64.3) 17 (15.2)
Time constraints 59 (52.7) 41 (36.6) 12 (10.7)
Difficulty talking with clients about sexual health 24 (21.4) 70 (62.5) 18 (16.1)
Lack of support for practice nurses 28 (25.5) 63 (57.3) 19 (17.2)
Chance of patients getting false positive 11 (9.8) 65 (58.1) 36 (32.1)
Patients lack of chlamydia knowledge 78 (69.1) 24 (21.2) 11 (9.7)
Religion/ethnicity of patient 37 (32.7) 51 (45.2) 25 (22.1)
Lack of formal chlamydia test recall/reminder system 52 (46.4) 42 (37.5) 18 (16.1)
Lack of support for partner notification 51 (46) 31 (27.9) 29 (26.1)
  1. PN, practice nurse.