Sex Transm Infect doi:10.1136/sextrans-2012-050585
  • Miscellaneous
  • Letter

What is it about STI research that is unappealing? An experience of conducting sexual health research in general practice in England

  1. Alex Pollard
  1. Division of Public Health & Primary Care, Brighton & Sussex Medical School, Brighton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Carrie Llewellyn, Division of Public Health & Primary Care, Brighton & Sussex Medical School, Mayfield House, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9PH, UK; c.d.llewellyn{at}
  1. Contributors CL was the principal investigator; HS was the co-investigator; CL and HS wrote the article. AP commented on the final draft.

  • Accepted 28 March 2012
  • Published Online First 20 April 2012

Developing sexual health services in primary care is recommended as a way of improving patient choice and increasing the capacity of testing services.1 2 Before implementing such service provisions it is essential to understand the requirements of patients. We have recently completed a survey study of sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing service users preferences for STI testing services (Miners AH, Llewellyn CD, Pollard A, et al, unpublished data, 2012). In order to have greater generalisability, we recruited patients from general practice, contraception and sexual health services and genito-urinary medicine clinics.

Engaging general practices and their patients was challenging. Initially, we approached three primary care trusts …

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