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What is it about STI research that is unappealing? An experience of conducting sexual health research in general practice in England
  1. Carrie Llewellyn,
  2. Helen Smith,
  3. 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}

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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infection (STI) testing service users preferences for STI testing services (Miners AH, Llewellyn CD, Pollard A, et al, unpublished data, 2012).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 …

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  • Funding This paper presents independent research commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under its Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme (Grant Reference Number PB-PG-0407-13211). The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Ethics approval Ethical approval was granted by Brighton West Research Ethics Committee (08/H1111/86).

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.