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Quality of sexually transmitted infection clinical management and contact tracing outcomes in a remote area of high sexually transmitted infection endemicity


Objectives: The objectives of this study were to assess health professionals' adherence to Western Australian sexually transmitted infection (STI) management guidelines and to document the outcomes of contact tracing in a remote Indigenous setting.

Methods: This article comprises 2 parts: a retrospective clinical audit of quality of clinical ST1 management and outcomes of contact tracing and an analysis of completeness of relevant laboratory investigations.

Results: Documented clinical ST1 management of index cases varied from 94% receiving treatment in accordance with the Guidelines, whereas only 48% underwent a clinical examination. Sexual contacts who underwent ST1 consultation had concordant (30%) and discordant (17%) STI(s). The proportion of patients with STI(s) in whom all appropriate laboratory investigations had been requested increased from 25% in 1998 to 9% to 49% in 2001-2002.

Conclusions: This study demonstrates that quality of clinical ST1 management comparable to that obsewed overseas is possible despite the challenges of healthcare delivery in a remote setting.



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