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Survey shows UK GPs favour national screening programme for Chlamydia

SearchMedica.co.uk : 10 May, 2007  (New Product)
SearchMedica.co.uk has performed a survey across its UK GP user community to see if there is a demand for a national screening scheme in primary care for Chlamydia.
The specialist search engine for GPs and medical professionals, SearchMedica.co.uk, found an overwhelming 78 percent of health professionals agreed that there should be, with reasons ranging from the need to control the spread of STIs to fears of widespread infertility.

Many GP comments provided caveats to the scheme such as ensuring there are sufficient lab teams to back up the screens, increasing prescribing budgets and providing follow-up care.

Of the 22 percent that felt the screening policy was not appropriate, their reasons included its futility as it is impossible to determine or contact the source, and the lack of cost and time efficiency.

Lisa Taylor, UK director of Searchmedica.co.uk, says, 'Apart from the overwhelming approval for the screening scheme, the reasons for both agreeing and disagreeing are of particular interest'.

'Many of our respondents emphasised arguments and concerns that are not often voiced and which really highlight the current feelings within the GP community'.

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