Evaluating views of undergraduates about Chlamydia signposting intervention

Miller, Vanessa (2013) Evaluating views of undergraduates about Chlamydia signposting intervention. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Chlamydia screening is an international strategy used to reduce rates of infection in a target population. This dissertation is to set out and explore the principles of the government strategy and to evaluate dental undergraduate’s views and attitudes around the chlamydia signposting intervention which is carried out at UPDA (University of Portsmouth Dental Academy).

    The rationale for this research project are twofold; firstly from the author’s clinical experience whilst delivering the intervention to patients. Patients began to question why dental undergraduates are delivering this non dental intervention in a dental environment.
    Secondly it also became evident that the KPI’s (Key Performance Indicator) target set by local commissioners for chlamydia signposting was not being met by dental undergraduates. Some barriers to signposting were suspected. Therefore the author decided to conduct a comprehensive literature review into Chlamydia screening and signposting and conduct a study to investigate the views of those who are commissioned to deliver the intervention at UPDA. Findings may give an indication as to why KPI targets are not being met in the dental setting.

    10% selected sample group of dental undergraduates were sent a piloted questionnaire, with explanatory statement through Google docs. Contact details were left for students for queries and feedback. The questionnaire contained a total of 10 questions. Following feedback from the pilot the layout was altered before the final questionnaire was sent to the remaining dental undergraduate students.

    The results of this study demonstrated that chlamydia signposting intervention was not well received by dental undergraduates. Personal views and beliefs held by the students prevented the intervention being carried out as successfully as anticipated by the local commissioners. Suggested improvements to the service include further training. However, and wherever, the future service is delivered, dental undergraduates emphasise that the intervention would ideally and preferably be delivered within a medical setting. The majority of dental undergraduates do not perceive the need for future provision of this service.

    This research found there is a need for more training and education to give dental undergraduates the knowledge and confidence to put aside personal beliefs and to discuss the benefits of chlamydia signposting intervention with their patients. It would be beneficial to recognise that there are thousands of daily contacts that many health service providers have with patients which are an opportunity to reinforce preventative public health messages. Students are slow to take up the Government National Institute of Healthcare and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance to support “every contact counts” and to recognise their role in the wider holistic care of patients

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Portsmouth Dental Academy
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2013 14:50
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:30
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/13666

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