Changes in chlamydia control activities in Europe between 2007 and 2012: a cross-national survey.

van den Broek, Ingrid V; Sfetcu, Otilia; van der Sande, Marianne A; Andersen, Berit; Herrmann, Björn; Ward, Helen; Götz, Hannelore M; Uusküla, Anneli; Woodhall, Sarah C; Redmond, Shelagh M; Amato-Gauci, Andrew J; Low, Nicola; van Bergen, Jan E (2016). Changes in chlamydia control activities in Europe between 2007 and 2012: a cross-national survey. European journal of public health, 26(3), pp. 382-388. Oxford University Press 10.1093/eurpub/ckv196

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BACKGROUND In 2012, the levels of chlamydia control activities including primary prevention, effective case management with partner management and surveillance were assessed in 2012 across countries in the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA), on initiative of the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) survey, and the findings were compared with those from a similar survey in 2007. METHODS Experts in the 30 EU/EEA countries were invited to respond to an online questionnaire; 28 countries responded, of which 25 participated in both the 2007 and 2012 surveys. Analyses focused on 13 indicators of chlamydia prevention and control activities; countries were assigned to one of five categories of chlamydia control. RESULTS In 2012, more countries than in 2007 reported availability of national chlamydia case management guidelines (80% vs. 68%), opportunistic chlamydia testing (68% vs. 44%) and consistent use of nucleic acid amplification tests (64% vs. 36%). The number of countries reporting having a national sexually transmitted infection control strategy or a surveillance system for chlamydia did not change notably. In 2012, most countries (18/25, 72%) had implemented primary prevention activities and case management guidelines addressing partner management, compared with 44% (11/25) of countries in 2007. CONCLUSION Overall, chlamydia control activities in EU/EEA countries strengthened between 2007 and 2012. Several countries still need to develop essential chlamydia control activities, whereas others may strengthen implementation and monitoring of existing activities.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM)

UniBE Contributor:

Redmond, Shelagh and Low, Nicola

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services

ISSN:

1101-1262

Publisher:

Oxford University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Doris Kopp Heim

Date Deposited:

11 Feb 2016 14:43

Last Modified:

15 Feb 2017 13:36

Publisher DOI:

10.1093/eurpub/ckv196

PubMed ID:

26498953

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.77247

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/77247

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