Partner notification for sexually transmitted diseases: An overview of the evidence

A. D. Oxman, E. A.F. Scott*, J. W. Sellors, J. H. Clarke, M. E. Millson, I. Rasooly, J. W. Frank, M. Naus, E. Goldblatt

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Objective: To compare the effectiveness of alternative partner notification strategies for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, HIV and hepatitis B. Data sources: Studies were identified using MEDLINE, EMBASE, SCISEARCH and other databases, review of reference lists and personal contact with over 80 international experts. Study selection: Studies with at least two comparison groups exposed to different partner notification strategies were included. Data extraction: Methodological rigor was assessed, and information regarding study populations, interventions and outcomes was extracted independently by two reviewers. Main results: Twelve studies met our inclusion criteria; five were methodologically strong; seven provided data on the referral process; four provided data on trained interviewers compared with routine care providers; and three provided data on the interview process. Conclusions: Only limited, broad conclusions regarding the effectiveness of various partner notification approaches could be drawn from these comparative studies. Until newer data become available, practice guidelines must be based to a large extent on other grounds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S41-S47
JournalCanadian Journal of Public Health
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - 1994


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