Background Partner notification is essential to interrupt transmission of sexually
transmissible infections. We surveyed the attitudes to partner
notification of general practitioners seeing 1–5 cases of chlamydia
Discussion Although GPs believed that partner notification was important, follow
up was infrequent. They believed (erroneously) that the Department
of Health would routinely undertake partner notification. Printable
resources for partner notification would be welcomed.
Results One hundred and five (53%) GPs responded. They believed automatic
partner notification by the Department of Health occurred following
notification (45%) or by ticking the box on the notification form (88%).
Ninety-seven percent of GPs encouraged partner notification; 55%
ensured it occurred. Printable resources were favoured by 90%, but
use of web based resources was low. Practice nurses were seldom
involved in partner notification.
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