Technologies, strategies and approaches for testing populations at risk of sexually transmitted infections: A systematic review protocol to inform prevention and control in EU/EEA countries

Suzanna C. Francis, Arun Parajuli, Otilia Mardh, Jane Falconer, Aura Andreasen, Emma Harding-Esch, Colin S. Brown, Tania Crucitti, Kevin Dunbar, Jane Falconer, Suzanna C. Francis, Jorgen S. Jensen, Steen Hoffmann, Anthony Nardone, Arun Parajuli, Keith Perry, David Mabey, Rosanna Peeling, Otilia Mardh, Silvia De San JoseMagnus Unemo

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Abstract

Objectives: This protocol outlines a systematic review methodology, aiming to assess the recent evidence-base for the impact of testing strategies and approaches on access to testing, testing coverage, and linkage to care for populations at risk for specific curable sexually transmitted infections (STIs) (chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis, trichomoniasis, and Mycoplasma genitalium infections). Data sources: These include MEDLINE, Embase, PsycINFO, Global Health, Cochrane Database, Epistemonikos, CINAHL Plus, and Web of Science Core Collection. Review methods: Papers reporting primary data from 1 January 2012 onwards will be included. Titles, abstracts, and full texts will be reviewed for inclusion, and data will be extracted using a pre-specified and piloted data extraction form, by two independent reviewers. Experts in the field will be contacted and interviewed for further information about ongoing or unpublished studies. A narrative synthesis of the findings will be conducted. Discussion: Outcomes of this study will inform policy makers, national and international programme coordinators, public health and clinical experts, and civil society organisations involved in STI prevention and control in EU/EEA countries and elsewhere. The review will provide a direction for future researchers and programmers seeking to improve STI testing services among key populations at high risk for STIs. Systematic review registration: In accordance with guidelines outlined in the PRISMA-P methodology, this protocol was registered with the International.

Original languageEnglish
Article number64
JournalSystematic Reviews
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Mar 2020

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Keywords

  • Access
  • Chlamydia trachomatis
  • Coverage
  • Diagnostic test
  • Gonorrhoea, syphilis
  • Linkage to care
  • Mycoplasma genitalium
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Treponema pallidum
  • Trichomonas vaginalis
  • Trichomoniasis

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