Clinical and cost-effectiveness of technologies for testing and treating sexual partners of people with sexually transmitted infections
Evidence synthesis and mathematical modelling study
The overall aim of this study is to provide information for public health planning about the comparative disease control potential and cost-effectiveness of different strategies for treating and testing the sexual partners of people with sexually transmitted infections (STI). This will be achieved through mathematical modelling and economic evaluation to address the following specific objectives:
1. To provide the best available data about model parameters rapidly and efficiently through the use of existing and planned datasets;
2. To compare the clinical effectiveness of different approaches to providing treatment and testing for the partners of people with curable STI;
3. To determine the incremental cost-effectiveness of different approaches to providing treatment and testing for the partners of people with curable STI, compared with recommended practice;
4. To provide research recommendations for primary research.
This multidisciplinary, multicentre study is led by Professor Nicola Low at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern in Switzerland, with Dr Catherine Mercer from the Centre for Sexual Health and HIV Research at UCL as a co-applicant.
Funder: National Co-ordinating Centre for Health Technology Assessment
Project duration: March 2009 – September 2011
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