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Clinician Perspectives on Management of Adolescents With Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Using Standardized Patient Scenarios

Trent, Maria MD, MPH*†; Lehmann, Harold MD, PhD*†; Butz, Arlene RN, CPNP, ScD*; Qian, Qiang MS, MD; Ellen, Jonathan M. MD*†; Frick, Kevin D. PhD

Sexually Transmitted Diseases: June 2013 - Volume 40 - Issue 6 - p 496–498
doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0b013e318284e3b5

National survey data designed to delineate clinician perspectives on the indications to hospitalize adolescents for pelvic inflammatory disease indicate that clinicians endorse care consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sexually transmitted diseases treatment guidelines but that there is less agreement on the social factors that may impair an adolescent’s ability to self-care in the outpatient setting.

A national survey demonstrates that although adolescent-serving clinicians endorse the indications for PID hospitalization as consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, final disposition is variable and influenced by clinician characteristics and patient scenarios.

From the *Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; †Bloomberg School of Public Health; and ‡HaoHan Technologies, LLC, Baltimore, MD

Conflicts of interest and funding source: This study was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention K01 DP001128. Dr Trent received grants from NIMHD-5P20 MD00198-10. None of the authors has declared conflicts of interest to report here.

Correspondence: Maria Trent, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 200 N, Wolfe St, #2064, Baltimore, MD 21287. E-mail:

Received for publication October 2, 2012, and accepted December 26, 2012.

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