The purpose of this study was to provide baseline information on current physician practices relating to STD diagnosis, treatment and control practices including partner management and notification. The STD contact survey was designed collaboratively by Battelle and CDC researchers. The objective was to provide baseline data necessary to characterize infection control practices, especially partner notification practices, for syphilis, gonorrhea, HIV, and chlamydia, and to measure the contextual factors that influence those practices. The data will help CDC to better focus STD control and partner notification program efforts and to allocate program resources. Battelle and CDC collaborated in designing the 21- page survey instrument; five medical specialties were selected for the survey based on evidence that they account for 85% of STDs diagnosed in the US; surveys were sent to a randomly selected sample of 7,300 physicians from the American Medical Association's Physician Master File. Physicians were selected who specialized in obstetrics/gynecology, internal medicine, general or family practice, emergency medicine, or pediatrics; who spent at least 50% of their professional time in direct care; and cared for patients between the ages of 13 and 60. Completed surveys were received from 4,226 physicians. This project comprised the data collection phase of this research project. Subsequent reports will provide results of the survey.
AGENCY SPONSOR: National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention
FEDERAL CONTACT: Janet St. Lawrence, 404-639-8376
PIC ID: 6711
PERFORMER: Battelle, Seattle, WA