E.L.M. op de Coul
F. van Aar
Y. van Weert
M. de Bruin
- With whom did you have sex? Evaluation of a partner notification training for STI professionals using motivational interviewing
- Patient Education and Counseling
- Volume | Issue number
- 93 | 3
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR)
To enhance partner notification (PN) practices in Dutch STI clinics, a PN training using motivational interviewing as core strategy was offered to STI professionals and evaluated.
The effectiveness of PN training on professionals’ attitude, self-efficacy, skills and behavior toward PN, was examined using within-subject and between-subject comparison. Before the training and at three months follow-up, a questionnaire was completed by the intervention group (n = 54) and a non-random control group (n = 37).
In the within-subject comparison, positive changes were observed in self-efficacy, skills, and PN behaviors (all p < .05), but not in attitudes toward PN. When we examined differences in change-scores between the intervention and control group, self-efficacy was no longer significant.
The PN training significantly improved PN skills and -behavior, but had no effect on professionals’ attitudes or self-efficacy toward PN. The selection of a convenience control sample seems to offer a more rigorous test of hypotheses than pre-post evaluation only.
The beneficial effect of PN training of STI professionals seems to support a wider roll-out of the training to all STI clinics in the Netherlands, although effects on the number of partners notified and transmissions prevented need to be examined in future research.
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