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Diagnosis of non-viral sexually transmitted infections in Lithuania and international recommendations
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
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2006 (English)In: Eurosurveillance, ISSN 1025-496X, Vol. 11, no 7, 161-164 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to evaluate the range, quality and availability of diagnostic services for non-viral sexually transmitted infections (STIs), i.e. C. trachomatis, N. gonorrhoeae, T. vaginalis and T. pallidum, in Lithuania from September 2002 to December 2003. Surveillance data describing the organisation and performance characteristics of non-viral STI diagnostic services in Lithuania were collected using a questionnaire and subsequent site-visits. International evidence-based recommendations for non-viral STI diagnosis were used to evaluate the quality of the STI diagnostics. There were 171 facilities providing non-viral STI diagnostic services for the 3.5 million inhabitants of Lithuania. However, only 6% (n=9) of the respondents (n=153) could provide a confirmatory diagnosis, in accordance with international recommendations, for the full minimum range of relevant non-viral STIs in Lithuania, i.e. C. trachomatis, N. gonorrhoeae, T. pallidum, and T. vaginalis. In addition, accessibility to STI diagnostic services differed significantly among the different counties in Lithuania. Several of the respondents analysed low numbers of samples each year, and overall the sampling size was extremely low, especially for C. trachomatis diagnostics. In Lithuania, optimisation of non-viral STI diagnostics as well as of epidemiological surveillance and management of STIs is crucial. It may be worth considering a decrease in the number of laboratories, with those remaining having the possibility of performing STI diagnostic services that are optimised, in concordance with international recommendations, standardised, and quality assured using systematic internal and external quality controls and systems. In addition, establishment of national inter-laboratory networks and reference centres for non-viral STIs is recommended.

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2006. Vol. 11, no 7, 161-164 p.
Keyword [en]
non-viral STIs, laboratory diagnosis, Lithuania, diagnostic quality
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-130277PubMedID: 16966797OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-130277DiVA: diva2:372038
Available from: 2010-11-23 Created: 2010-09-06 Last updated: 2011-10-04Bibliographically approved

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