Table 2

Overcoming barriers to chlamydia testing in primary care.

Barriers to opportunistic testingWays of overcoming barriers to testing
Lack of knowledge of the evidenceEducation of staff and patients
Clear, concise PCT guidance on when and how to test
TimeNon-invasive specimens
Concerns about discussing sexual healthDevelop skills to discuss sexual health
Specific clinics for chlamydia tests
Test at cervical smear consultation
Send patient leaflets pre-appointment
Need for contact tracingClear lines of responsibility for contact tracing
StaffingIncrease in trained staff in primary care and GUM clinics
FinancesProperly resourced programme
  • PCT = primary care trust; GUM = genitourinary medicine.