SCREENING FOR GENITAL CHLAMYDIA AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE IN COMMUNITY PHARMACIES: A META-ANALYSIS

M. Z. Kapadia, P. Warner

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Abstract

To review, summarize and evaluate the evidence relating to feasibility ofprovision of chlamydia testing and treatment (CT&T)in community phar-macies among youth aged 15-24 years. METHODS: Systematic searcheswere conducted for international research in electronic databases and greyliterature from January 1990 to September 2010. The evidence categoriesused by the UK Department of Health in the National Service Framework(2001) was applied to each paper. Data were also extracted on study pop-ulation, sample size and prevalence of chlamydia to report pooled propor-tion of chlamydia using meta-analysis approach. RESULTS: We included17 papers and reports. No systematic reviews and only one RCT was found.The proportional meta-analysis showed a pooled proportion of 0.077 (95%CI¼0.052 to 0.106). The reported prevalence was lower than thosereported in studies of other health care settings e.g. sexual health clinicsor family planning clinics. Chlamydia screening programs in communitypharmacies tend to be targeted at certain patient groups e.g. patients access-ing emergency hormonal contraception in pharmacies. Young people andpharmacists find chlamydia services via community pharmacy broadly ac-ceptable. However the uptake of the service was much lower than expectedand failed to reach men and ethnic minorities. CONCLUSION: CT&Tprograms tends to target more health conscious population (as is true forother community based screening) who are at lower risk of getting thedisease. However this new approach of CT&T is acceptable to both youngpeople and pharmacists. Encouraging men and ethnic minorities to accesscommunity pharmacy based chlamydia services remains a challenge
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S41-S41
Number of pages1
JournalAmerican Journal of Epidemiology
Volume173
Issue numberSuppl
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2011
Event3rd North American Congress of Epidemiology - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 21 Jun 201024 Jun 2010

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