Notifying patients of the results of syphilis testing by telephone can be cost-effective for clinic staff. This study compared the acceptability ratings among potential patients of three methods of learning of syphilis test results: with a call to
a mobile phone; with a call to a home phone; and with the patient phoning in for results. A questionnaire was distributed to male clients of gay venues in Glasgow, Scotland, during 2005 (n¼150). Phoning in for results was rated as significantly more acceptable than either learning of results with a call to a mobile phone, or receiving a phone call at home (both Po0.001). Further, receiving a call on a mobile phone was rated as significantly more acceptable than receiving a call at home (Po0.001). It is recommended that patients be given the option of initiating the communication of test results.
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- bacterial disease screening
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