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CAN TEXT MESSAGING RESULTS REDUCE TIME TO TREATMENT OF CHLAMYDIA TRACHOMATIS?
  1. Emma J Lim (emmalim{at}doctors.org.uk)
  1. Waikato Hospital, New Zealand
    1. Jarrod Haar (haar{at}waikato.ac.nz)
    1. University of Waikato, New Zealand
      1. Jane Morgan (morganj{at}waikatodhb.govt.nz)
      1. Waikato Hospital, New Zealand

        Abstract

        Objective: To assess any impact of text messaging as the preferred method of communicating positive Chlamydia trachomatis test results to patients in an urban sexual health clinic.

        Methods: Following the introduction of a text-messaging service to communicate positive Chlamydia trachomatis test results to patients, the time between test and treatment in 293 consecutive patients was compared to 303 historic controls.

        Results: No significant difference was found in either median time to treatment for all patients (3 days in 2005, 4 days in 2007) or median time to treatment (both 7 days) for those not treated immediately. There was no significant difference in time to treatment between those using a landline or mobile phone. Mobile phone use was significantly higher in 2007. Overall, we treated more cases within 4 weeks in 2007 (98.6% c.f. 96%).

        Conclusions: The lack of difference in time to treatment showed the use of this technology is as effective as more traditional means of communication. The increase in cases treated within 4 weeks may reflect the significant increase in mobile phone use and improved ability to contact people, rather than simply the introduction of text messaging.

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