'Catching chlamydia'

Combining cash incentives and community pharmacy access for increased chlamydia screening, the view of young people

Rhian PARKER, Allison Bell, Marian CURRIE, Louise Deeks, Gabrielle COOPER, Sarah Martin, Rendry Del Rosario, Jane Hocking, Francis Bowden

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Abstract

In Australia and elsewhere, chlamydia screening rates for those aged between 16 and 30 years continue to be low. Innovative, age-appropriate approaches are necessary to increase chlamydia screening among this target group to prevent short- and long-term consequences of the infection such as pelvic inflammatory disease, chronic pelvic pain, ectopic pregnancy and infertility. Studies have demonstrated that offering chlamydia screening in community pharmacies may be a useful adjunct to current screening services. Approximately 90% of Australians visit a pharmacy at least once a year. Chlamydia screening and education in community pharmacies with remuneration may provide another option for opportunistic testing as part of a national chlamydia screening scheme. Compensation is an accepted practice in the field of research and has been demonstrated to improve adherence to health promotion activities. In 2011, a cross-sectional study of community pharmacy-based chlamydia screening offered in conjunction with an A$10 cash incentive to participate was conducted in the Australian Capital Territory. As part of this study young people were asked about their experience of, and views about, pharmacy-based chlamydia screening. The views of consented participants were collected using the one-page questionnaire consisting of 10 closed questions and one open-ended question. Participants completed the questionnaire when they returned their urine sample and before being given the cash incentive. Overall participants were highly satisfied with the pharmacy-based chlamydia screening service. Over 60% of questionnaire respondents felt that the payment did affect their decision to have the chlamydia test, and 23% stated that it made no difference. Young people reported that pharmacy-based screening is acceptable and convenient. Accessibility and the small cash incentive played significant roles in increasing participation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-83
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Journal of Primary Health
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Chlamydia
Pharmacies
Motivation
Australian Capital Territory
Remuneration
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Pelvic Pain
Ectopic Pregnancy
Health Promotion
Chronic Pain
Infertility
Cross-Sectional Studies
Urine
Education
Surveys and Questionnaires

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PARKER, Rhian ; Bell, Allison ; CURRIE, Marian ; Deeks, Louise ; COOPER, Gabrielle ; Martin, Sarah ; Del Rosario, Rendry ; Hocking, Jane ; Bowden, Francis. / 'Catching chlamydia' : Combining cash incentives and community pharmacy access for increased chlamydia screening, the view of young people. In: Australian Journal of Primary Health. 2015 ; Vol. 21, No. 1. pp. 79-83.
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