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Healthcare utilization by women in a comprehensive managed care population subsequent to diagnosis of a sexually transmitted disease

BACKGROUND: Healthcare utilization (HCU) following a sexually transmitted disease (STD) diagnosis is poorly characterized. GOAL: The goal was to quantify HCU for new/recurrent STDs and other relevant Ob-Gyn and mental health problems in the 18 months subsequent to an STD diagnosis. STUDY DESIGN: We compared HCU between a group of females aged 18 to 45 years who were Kaiser Permanente Medical Program members with a diagnosed STD (n = 1,205) and a medical center- and age group-matched sample of women seen for a non-STD diagnosis in the same time period (n = 4820), with controlling where appropriate for age, medical center, and chronic disease status. RESULTS: An STD diagnosis was associated with significantly greater likelihood of subsequent visits for STDs (relative risk [RR] = 3.8), pelvic inflammatory disease/endometritis (RR = 2.9), candidiasis (RR = 2.0), vaginitis (RR = 2.4), cervical dysplasia (RR = 1.7), menstrual disorders/abnormal bleeding (RR = 1.3), high risk/complicated/ectopic pregnancy (RR = 1.5), and behavioral/mental health problems (RR = 1.3) than for women seen for a non-STD diagnosis. CONCLUSION: Detrimental sequelae of STDs are reflected in substantially elevated near-term HCU following an STD diagnosis.

Authors: Wilson SR; Brown NL; Leyden WA; Manos MM; Chin V; Levin D; Braverman P; Shapiro S; Lavori PW

Sex Transm Dis. 2002 Nov;29(11):678-88.

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