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Changing the Prescribing Patterns of Sexually Transmitted Infections in the White Nile Region of Sudan

November 4, 2005

It is suspected that the number of inappropriate prescriptions for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is high in Sudan. The authors evaluated the effect of multifaceted interventions on prescribing for STIs in the White Nile State, Sudan.

The study involved 20 health centers randomly assigned to four different multifaceted interventions to improve prescribing. Prescriber-targeted interventions that used audit and feedback coupled with academic detailing and practice guidelines reduced inappropriate prescriptions by 50 percent (p<0.001), researchers found. Audit and feedback coupled with seminars and practice guidelines reduced inappropriate prescriptions by 43 percent (p<0.001). Audit and feedback alone reduced inappropriate prescriptions by 16 percent (p=0.127).

"Prescribing for STIs in the White Nile State of Sudan needs improving," the authors concluded. "Multifaceted interventions appear effective in improving prescribing."

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Adapted from:
Sexually Transmitted Infections
10.05.2005; Vol. 81: P. 426-427; I.B. Eltayeb; A.I. Awad; M.S. Mohamed-Salih; M.A. Daffa-Alla; M.B. Ahmed; M.A. Ogail; L. Matowe

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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