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Show me the money': financial incentives increase chlamydia screening rates among tertiary students: a pilot study

Currie, Marian; Schmidt, Mathias; Davis, Belinda; Baynes, Anne; O'Keefe, Elissa; Bavington, Tim; McNiven, Michelle; Martin, Sarah; Bowden, Francis

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Background: We hypothesise that text-messaging and financial incentives would increase tertiary student participation in chlamydia screening. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted over two phases on eight tertiary campuses during 2007. During Phase 1 (6 months) study activities were advertised through student organisations and media. Education and screening were offered during a range of student activities. During Phase 2 (4 days) education and screening were offered via text messages....[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorCurrie, Marian
dc.contributor.authorSchmidt, Mathias
dc.contributor.authorDavis, Belinda
dc.contributor.authorBaynes, Anne
dc.contributor.authorO'Keefe, Elissa
dc.contributor.authorBavington, Tim
dc.contributor.authorMcNiven, Michelle
dc.contributor.authorMartin, Sarah
dc.contributor.authorBowden, Francis
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:13:33Z
dc.identifier.issn1448-5028
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/49792
dc.description.abstractBackground: We hypothesise that text-messaging and financial incentives would increase tertiary student participation in chlamydia screening. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted over two phases on eight tertiary campuses during 2007. During Phase 1 (6 months) study activities were advertised through student organisations and media. Education and screening were offered during a range of student activities. During Phase 2 (4 days) education and screening were offered via text messages. Non-financial incentives were offered during Phase 1 and a $10 cash incentive was offered during Phase 2. Rates of specimens provided by students and the direct costs incurred during each phase were compared. Results: 2786 students attended the 31 activities conducted in Phase 1. Of these, 627 students (22.5%) provided urine specimens for chlamydia testing. During Phase 2, the dissemination of 866 text messages resulted in urine specimens from 392 students (45.3%). Costs per test were AUD $175.11 in Phase 1 and AUD $27.13 in Phase 2. Conclusions: Compared with more labour intensive (and therefore more expensive) screening activities conducted over a 6-month period, offering a small financial incentive to tertiary students through text messaging over a 4-day period significantly increased participation in on-campus chlamydia screening. This model could readily be applied to other populations to increase participation in chlamydia screening.
dc.publisherCSIRO Publishing
dc.sourceSexual Health
dc.subjectKeywords: adolescent; adult; article; Chlamydia; chlamydiasis; controlled study; cost benefit analysis; female; health service; human; major clinical study; male; screening test; sexual health; urinalysis; Adult; Chlamydia Infections; Chlamydia trachomatis; Costs a Direct costs; Peer-recruitment; Specimen pooling
dc.titleShow me the money': financial incentives increase chlamydia screening rates among tertiary students: a pilot study
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume7
dc.date.issued2010
local.identifier.absfor110309 - Infectious Diseases
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4201517xPUB192
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationCurrie, Marian, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationSchmidt, Mathias, Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT
local.contributor.affiliationDavis, Belinda, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationBaynes, Anne, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationO'Keefe, Elissa, Canberra Hospital
local.contributor.affiliationBavington, Tim, Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT
local.contributor.affiliationMcNiven, Michelle, Canberra Hospital
local.contributor.affiliationMartin, Sarah, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationBowden, Francis, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage60
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage65
local.identifier.doi10.1071/SH08091
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T10:41:26Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-77149149123
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