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Table 2 Knowledge about chlamydia diagnosis and management by GP gender

From: Improving chlamydia knowledge should lead to increased chlamydia testing among Australian general practitioners: a cross-sectional study of chlamydia testing uptake in general practice

Variable   Overall N (%) Male GP N (%) Female GP N (%) p-value
Female age groups at highest risk of infection1 Incorrect 24 (6.3) 16 (6.4) 8 (6.1) 0.91
Correct 244 (93.8) 236 (93.7) 124 (93.9)  
Male age groups at highest risk of infection2 Incorrect 39 (10.4) 24 (9.8) 15 (11.5) 0.63
Correct 336 (89.6) 220 (90.2) 116 (88.6)  
Chlamydia is usually asymptomatic in Women Disagree 32 (8.3) 20 (7.9) 12 (9.0) 0.70
Agree 355 (91.7) 234 (92.1) 121 (91.0)  
Chlamydia is usually asymptomatic in Men Disagree 100 (26.0) 67 (26.6) 33 (24.8) 0.71
Agree 285 (74.0) 185 (73.4) 100 (75.2)  
Knowledge of population groups to be targeted for screening3 (see below for results for each scenario) 0-2 24 (6.2) 19 (7.5) 5 (3.8) 0.09
3-5 264 (68.6) 177 (70.2) 87 (65.4)  
6+ 97 (25.2) 56 (22.2) 41 (30.8)  
Treatment in men and non-pregnant women4 Incorrect 70 (17.9) 49 (19.0) 21 (15.8) 0.43
Correct 321 (82.1) 209 (81.0) 112 (84.2)  
Treatment in pregnant women4 Incorrect 231 (59.1) 146 (56.6) 85 (63.9) 0.16
Correct 160 (40.9) 112 (43.4) 48 (36.1)  
Retest 12 months after a negative test5 Incorrect 341 (87.2) 233 (90.3) 108 (81.2) 0.01
Correct 50 (12.8) 25 (9.7) 25 (18.8)  
Retest 3 months after a positive test5 Incorrect 308 (78.8) 207 (80.2) 101 (75.9) 0.33
Correct 83 (21.2) 51 (19.8) 32 (24.1)  
Knowledge of symptoms suggestive of PID6 Incorrect 109 (27.9) 83 (32.2) 26 (19.6) 0.01
Correct 282 (72.1) 175 (67.8) 107 (80.5)  
Knowledge of PID tests that should be done7 Incorrect 205 (52.4) 148 (57.4) 57 (42.9) 0.01
Correct 186 (47.6) 110 (42.6) 76 (57.1)  
Testing Scenarios      
Case 1: 23 year old female, pap smear Not offer test 180 (46.3) 136 (53.1) 44 (33.1) <0.01
Offer test 209 (53.7) 120 (46.9) 89 (66.9)  
Case 2: 18 year old female, abdominal pain Not offer test 19 (4.9) 16 (6.2) 3 (2.3) 0.08
Offer test 371 (95.1) 241 (93.8) 130 (97.7)  
Case 3: 26 year old male, truck license medical Not offer test 315 (80.8) 217 (84.4) 98 (73.7) 0.01
Offer test 75 (19.2) 40 (15.6) 35 (26.3)  
Case 4: 24 year old female, 16/40 pregnant Not offer test 228 (58.8) 151 (59.2) 77 (57.9) 0.80
Offer test 160 (41.2) 104 (40.8) 56 (42.1)  
Case 5: 22 year old male, Aboriginal, sore throat Not offer test 271 (69.5) 178 (69.3) 93 (69.9) 0.89
Offer test 119 (30.5) 79 (30.7) 40 (30.1)  
Case 6: 33 year old female, pill script Not offer test 330 (84.8) 225 (87.9) 105 (79.0) 0.02
Offer test 59 (15.2) 31 (12.1) 28 (21.1)  
Case 7: 17 year old male, genital warts Not offer test 12 (3.1) 11 (4.3) 1 (0.8) 0.06
Offer test 378 (96.9) 246 (95.7) 132 (99.3)  
Case 8: 34 year old male, 2 partners in last 6 months, HIV test Not offer test 10 (2.6) 6 (2.3) 4 (3.0) 0.70
Offer test 379 (97.4) 250 (97.7) 129 (97.0)  
  1. 1Answers were classified as correct if they ticked at least one correct answer - 15-19 and 20-24 year olds; 2Answers were classified as correct if they ticked at least one correct answer - 20-24 and 25-29 year olds; 3Knowledge of population groups to be targeted for screening is one point for correctly offering a test under the 2010 RACGP guidelines - tests should be offered to cases 1, 2, 4, 5, 7 & 8 but not offered to cases 3 & 6; 4Azithromycin is the correct treatment for men, women and pregnant women; 5RACGP guidelines recommend re-testing every 12 months after a negative test and every 3 months after a positive test; 6Correct signs and symptoms suggestive of PID are tenderness with motion of the cervix, adnexal tenderness, uterine tenderness, lower abdominal tenderness and inflamed cervix; 7Correct diagnostic tests are pregnancy test, chlamydia and gonorrhoea test, abdominal palpation and bimanual examination.