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Sex Transm Dis. 2006 Nov;33(11):670-4.

Inadequate syphilis screening among women with prenatal care in a community with a high syphilis incidence.

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  • 1Office of Epidemiology and Disease Control, Miami-Dade County Health Department, Miami, FL 33199, USA. trepkam@fiu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES AND GOAL:

This study was designed to evaluate the extent to which pregnant women in a community with a high syphilis incidence were screened for syphilis according to standard recommendations of twice during prenatal care and at labor and delivery.

STUDY DESIGN:

Labor and delivery records from 4 hospitals in Miami-Dade County, Florida, were abstracted to obtain maternal and prenatal care characteristics and syphilis screening practices.

RESULTS:

Of the 1991 women, records indicated that 1655 (83%) were screened at least once during prenatal care, 220 (11%) were screened twice during prenatal care before delivery, and 184 (9%) were screened twice during prenatal care and at delivery. Attending a private clinic, having more than adequate prenatal care and having private insurance were associated with not being screened at least twice before delivery.

CONCLUSIONS:

Few women were screened according to standard recommendations, and provider or institutional-related factors affected adequacy of screening.

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PMID:
16641827
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