Journal article

Use of a Computer Alert Increases Detection of Early, Asymptomatic Syphilis Among Higher-Risk Men Who Have Sex With Men

Melanie Bissessor, Christopher K Fairley, David Leslie, Marcus Y Chen

CLINICAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2011

Abstract

Our study assessed the impact of a computer alert that reminded clinicians to test men who were at higher risk for syphilis on the rate of syphilis testing and diagnoses. The percentage of high-risk men who have sex with men who were tested for syphilis increased from 77% to 89% (P>.001), and the percentage of such men with asymptomatic syphilis increased from 16% to 53% (P=.001).