Stuart Sarah, Richardson Daniel, Iwuji Collins, Soni Suneeta (2021) How long should clinicians spend sampling the pharynx for gonorrhoea culture specimens?. Sexual Health 19, 74-75. https://doi.org/10.1071/SH21203
There are few data on the length of time clinicians should take sampling the pharynx to optimise the sensitivity of gonorrhoea culture specimens and we aimed to gain a consensus on sampling time. The estimated mean time clinicians reported that they spent sampling the pharynx for gonorrhoea culture specimens was 4.63 s (s.d. ± 2.04). There was no significant difference in sampling times between clinicians who had worked in sexual health for over and under 10 years, (4.7 (s.d. ±2.02) vs 4.6 (s.d. ± 2.3); P = 0.45). We are now using these findings to design an educational tool with the aim of improving pharyngeal gonorrhoea culture sensitivity.