Attitude about chlamydia trachomatis screening methods among student health center practitioners

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1992-05-30

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Jones-Murphy, Jorenda

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This descriptive study was undertaken in order to determine if there was a relationship among the three chlamydia tests--Enzyme Immunoassay, Culture, and Microtrak Immunofluorescence test--for availability, sensitivity, cost-effectiveness, speed, and expense according to student health center practitioners. In addition, the study was to determine whether there was a difference among the attitudes of student health center practitioners toward each of these tests. A sample of 66 student health center practitioners from four-year institutions in the state of Texas were selected from the Texas Higher Education Directory (Ray, Henne, & Bohlanders, 1988) and the American College Health Association (ACHA) Networking Directory (ACHA, 1987). Each practitioner was asked to complete a four-part questionnaire which served as the research instrument. Data were analyzed using the Friedman Two-Way Analysis of Variance and the Kruskal Wallis One-Way Analysis of Variance Test. The analysis of data revealed no correlation between the preferred testing methods according to rank order criteria. A correlation between the scores calculated and preferred testing methods was not significant. No significant correlation existed between any of the three tests and the demographic characteristics of university size and the number of clients seen in one year.

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