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GP practices excel at partner notification

Partner notification of chlamydia infection in primary care is at least as effective as in genitourinary medicine clinics and is preferred by patients, a new study reveals.

The researchers said partner notification by practice nurses should be used in the national chlamydia screening program-me to relieve pressure on overstretched GUM clinics.

Their study found 65 per cent of patients had at least one partner treated where nurses performed notification, but only 53 per cent after referral to a GUM clinic.

All 72 patients randomised to the practice nurse strategy had an interview on the same day. But those referred to see a specialist adviser at a GUM clinic had to wait an average of 13.2 days, with a third missing their appointment.

Professor Chris Salisbury, one of the researchers on the study and professor of primary health care at the University of Bristol, said: 'This is going to become an everyday activity.'

The study of 27 general practices in Bristol and Birmingham was published online by the BMJ in December.

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