Program increases chlamydia screening at women's health practice


The CDC recommends annual Chlamydia trachomatis screening for all sexually active women under age 26, yet less than 60% of women in this age group are screened. Now, a new study in JOGNN suggests that individual health practices can significantly improve chlamydia screening rates through a combination of education, provider feedback and clinic prompts -- and that nurses can play a key role. In the study, a women's health practice increased its chlamydia screening rates for the target age group by 42.7% (from 53.4% to 76.1%) during the five months after a multi-component intervention was initiated. Components included assessing the practice's current practices to identify screening barriers and strategies to overcome them; establishing a "champion" -- a nurse manager -- to coordinate the effort; educating providers and nursing staff; and establishing a screening policy that flagged patients under age 26. Nurses then identified eligible patients and placed chlamydia screening packets, with a provider flag and lab requisition forms, outside their exam rooms. Read the abstract.

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