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J Public Health Manag Pract. 2013 Jan-Feb;19(1):E30-4. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e31822d4bd5.

Health and life concerns among patients attending a publicly funded sexually transmitted infection clinic.

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  • 1Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine, The Miriam Hospital and Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02903, USA. Michael_Carey@brown.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinics provide opportune settings in which to address a range of health concerns with an underserved population. The current research sought to identify and prioritize patients' health and social concerns.

DESIGN AND SETTING:

Patients attending a publicly funded STI clinic (50% female, 62% African American) were invited to participate in a cross-sectional study. Participants completed a brief paper-and-pencil questionnaire.

PARTICIPANTS:

Participants were 150 patients attending the STI clinic.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE:

A survey of health and social concerns.

RESULTS:

Participants rated STIs, human immunodeficiency virus/AIDS, teeth problems, and eye problems as their most concerning health problems. Other than STI-related concerns, patients expressed few concerns about their somatic health. Instead, these (mostly younger) patients expressed more concern about economic issues.

CONCLUSIONS:

Sexually transmitted infection clinics provide a unique setting to provide health and mental health services to an at-need, underserved population; however, patients may prefer assistance with economic issues.

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