Background BASHH guidelines on pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) were updated in 2011. A recent national audit of PID management in UK GUM clinics suggested that adherence to BASHH guidelines in terms of treatment regimen and partner notification was below national standards. Our GUM service has recently integrated with family planning to form a fully integrated sexual health centre. We were interested to see how our PID management compared to national findings.
Aims To determine whether our management of PID was in line with current UK guidance.
Methods A prospective audit of all cases of PID seen at our sexual health centre over a 6-month period was performed by asking all clinicians to report suspected cases of PID and by review of our clinic database to identify any further patients treated for PID. The audit determined criteria for PID diagnosis, treatment regimen, follow-up plans and partner notification.
Results There was some variation in criteria used to make a clinical diagnosis of PID. However, all patients treated for PID complained of lower abdominal pain and most had adnexal tenderness or cervical excitation on examination. Most women were treated with ofloxacin and metronidazole although there was variation in the duration of metronidazole therapy prescribed. All women were offered a follow-up appointment, most of which were 1–2 weeks from initial diagnosis. Partner notification was poor and fell below current UK targets.
Discussion Unfortunately, despite the benefits of skill sharing of family planning and GUM professionals within a fully integrated sexual health centre our management of PID in terms of drug regimen, follow-up and partner notification did not meet recommended national standards. Workshops on PID have been built into our protected teaching time to explore reasons for non-adherence to current national guidelines and to try and improve our standards of care.