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01.12.2012 | Research article | Ausgabe 1/2012 Open Access

BMC Health Services Research 1/2012

STI service delivery in British Columbia, Canada; providers' views of their services to youth

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BMC Health Services Research > Ausgabe 1/2012
Autoren:
Cindy L Masaro, Joy Johnson, Cathy Chabot, Jean Shoveller
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Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors’ contributions

CLM conducted the data analysis and drafted the manuscript. JJ reviewed and provided feedback on the data analysis and the manuscript. CC and JS also provided feedback both on the data analysis and manuscript. JS conceived of the original study. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

Abstract

Background

Little is known about service providers’ knowledge, attitudes, and experiences in relation to the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals seeking care for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and how they influence the delivery of services. The purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions of STI care providers and the ways they approached their practice.

Methods

We used a qualitative approach drawing on methods used in thematic analysis. Individual semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with 21 service providers delivering STI services in youth clinics, STI clinics, reproductive health clinics, and community public health units in British Columbia (BC), Canada.

Results

Service providers’ descriptions of their activities and roles were shaped by a number of themes including specialization, scarcity, and maintaining the status quo. The analysis suggests that service providers perceive, at times, the delivery of STI care to be inefficient and inadequate.

Conclusion

Findings from this study identify deficits in the delivery of STI services in BC. To understand these deficits, more research is needed to examine the larger health care structure within which service providers work, and how this structure not only informs and influences the delivery of services, but also how particular structural barriers impinge on and/or restrict practice.
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