Journal of Community Health

, Volume 42, Issue 6, pp 1247–1254 | Cite as

Improving STD Screening Rates on a University Campus

  • Amanda Myers
  • Sherrie P. McCaskill
  • Kathryn VanRavenstein
Original Paper


Gonorrhea and chlamydia infections have a high incidence among young adults. To increase screening rates among individuals aged 25 years of age and younger on a university campus, this quality improvement project was implemented to improve providers’ knowledge of CDC guidelines through education. Education was provided to providers and staff members at a health clinic on a private residential university campus through informational sessions to increase knowledge of guideline-directed screening for gonorrhea and chlamydia. This education was coupled with a multifaceted approach for provider-reminder interventions: flagging patients in the EHR system that fall within the age group (25 years of age and younger) to generate an alert, patients completing a questionnaire while in the exam room, and identification of a project champion. Screening rates were evaluated during pre- and post-implementation phases to determine if a change in practice occurred among providers. Post-intervention revealed the average number of patients screened for gonorrhea and chlamydia was 65.85% (349/530). This change represented a marked increase from pre-intervention screening of 2% (11/405). The testing rate increased during the post-intervention phase to 17.86% (65/364), up from 7.90% (32/405) pre-implementation. Provider education on guideline-directed screening for gonorrhea and chlamydia increased screening among providers at a university health clinic. This intervention, combined with provider-reminder interventions, increased screening of patients, leading to an increased testing rate for gonorrhea and chlamydia.


Gonorrhea Chlamydia Screening Detection Young adults  Health care providers 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amanda Myers
    • 1
  • Sherrie P. McCaskill
    • 2
  • Kathryn VanRavenstein
    • 1
  1. 1.Medical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA
  2. 2.Wingate UniversityWingateUSA

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