Patients support innovative models of care in recurrent genital herpes clinics: Results from a patient satisfaction study

Matthew Hamill, D. Goldmeier

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Abstract

Genital herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections and is characterized by recurrent, painful, ulcerative lesions. Severe psychosocial disturbance has been described in a variety of settings and there are well-documented associations with poor self-esteem, centred around contagion and stigma. Recurrent genital herpes (RGH) is traditionally managed by doctors in the genitourinary medicine clinic setting; we wanted to evaluate patient's opinions on alternative models of care. We performed a questionnaire of patients attending our RGH clinic to ascertain patients' opinions and preferences. Seventy four percent of patients expressed a wish to see the same health-care professional at follow-up visits and 62% supported the idea of a nurse-led clinic. One-third found the concept of group sessions acceptable. Regarding GP follow-up management and prescribing, there was a split response with almost equal numbers accepting and rejecting this proposition (42 versus 45%). Seventy-six percent of patients thought that RGH had important psychological impact on their lives and 58% found the prospect of psychological referral acceptable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)615-617
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of STD and AIDS
Volume16
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Genital herpes
  • Group meetings
  • Nurse clinicians
  • Patient satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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