Chlamydia Screening Decision Study
UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIV OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES BETHESDA MD BETHESDA United States
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Chlamydia is a prevalent infection among the sexually active. Studies have shown that chlamydia is a health problem for military women. The United States Center for Disease Control recommends screening asymptomatic women under the age of 25. Many studies show that screening asymptomatic young women uncovers significant numbers of infections. Other studies show that many young women are not being screened for this disease. This qualitative study investigates what factors influence providers decisions to screen for chlamydia. A record review of 28 active duty women who received pelvic exams at a military health clinic for chlamydia screening and chlamydia prevalence was performed to enrich the interpretation of the data. Three healthcare providers who perform pelvic exams were interviewed. Data was analyzed guided by using Brooks Theory of Intrapersonal Perceptual Awareness BTIPA for factors influencing their decisions to screen for chlamydia. The interviews were studiously reviewed for themes and compared to the themes of perception, judgment, and intrapersonal perceptual awareness in accordance with BTIPA.