MSTIC: How to maximise STI control for a local population

The MSTIC study is a multidisciplinary, multicentre study led by Dr Catherine Mercer in the Centre for Sexual Health and HIV Research at UCL. The MSTIC study aims to create a web-based software tool to help inform local decision-making choices regarding the impact of different combinations of health services on the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STI). The web-tool is based on the results of a mathematical model that identifies the key parameters to be considered in determining the combination of specialist and primary-care based services that will have the greatest public health benefit in terms of reducing STI transmission. While data for some of these parameters are routinely-collected, such as census data and data collected for surveillance purposes, as other data are not, a Rapid Assessment Module was developed as part of the MSTIC study to collect these data. This is a short, pseudo-anonymous, patient questionnaire that can be linked to the patient’s clinical data, resulting in valuable data for service planning either with or without of the MSTIC web-tool.

Funder: Medical Research Council

Project duration: April 2008 – December 2010

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