Journal article

Using electronic communication technologies for improving syphilis partner notification in Chile: healthcare providers' perspectives - a qualitative case study

Nicole G Iturrieta-Guaita, Meredith J Temple-Smith, Jane Tomnay

SEXUAL HEALTH | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2019

Abstract

Background Partner notification (PN) in Australia has been studied and improved in recent decades. International researchers have highlighted the use of electronic communication technologies to assist PN (Internet partner notification or IPN). Using the Australian experience as an example, the aim of this study is to explore clinicians' perspectives on the use of specialised websites, such as Let them know, to facilitate PN in the Chilean context. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with healthcare providers (HCPs) in 14 primary health care centres and six sexual health units located at two regional Health Services, as well as with key informants from different backgrounds. In..

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Grants

Awarded by Comision Nacional de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica (CONICYT), Programa Formacion de Capital Humano Avanzado / Becas Chile - Doctorado en el Extranjero 2014 (PhD scholarship)


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to the participants in this study. They also thank Professor Anamaria Silva (Universidad de Valparaiso - Chile) and Professor Lilian Ferrer (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile) for their support during data collection; Aux/Prof Lina Gonzalez and Aux/Prof Cynthia Carrasco (Universidad de Valparaiso - Chile) and Mrs Mabel Guaita for their collaboration on the Chilean Ethics Committee applications. The first author is supported by Comision Nacional de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica (CONICYT), Programa Formacion de Capital Humano Avanzado / Becas Chile - Doctorado en el Extranjero 2014 (PhD scholarship) Folio 72150314. This research did not receive any specific funding.