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Sex Transm Dis. 2001 Apr;28(4):232-5.

Management of urethritis in health maintenance organization members receiving care at a multispecialty group practice in Massachusetts.

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  • 1Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston, USA. Sylvie.ratelle@state.ma.us

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Cost containment has led to a concern that health maintenance organization-insured patients presenting with complaints of urethritis may be treated without being tested.

GOAL:

To determine the proportion of men presenting with symptoms of urethritis who are tested for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

STUDY DESIGN:

Reviews were performed on 196 randomly selected patient records with an outpatient visit and a diagnostic code consistent with urethritis between 1995 and 1997. Data were collected on demographics, diagnostic testing, and treatment.

RESULTS:

Diagnostic testing for C trachomatis and N gonorrhoeae was performed, respectively, in 92.3% and 83.2% of the men presenting at an initial visit with complaints of urethritis. Altogether, 98.2% of the patients who met the Centers for Disease Control criteria for documenting urethritis were tested for C trachomatis and N gonorrhoeae.

CONCLUSION:

Diagnostic testing for C trachomatis and N gonorrhoeae is nearly universal in this multispecialty group practice setting, facilitating surveillance and public health efforts.

PMID:
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