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Table 2 Patient and PCP self-collection survey results

From: Rectal specimen self-collection for chlamydia and gonorrhea screening: a cross-sectional feasibility study at a community health center

  Agree, 5.0 Somewhat agree, 4.0 Neutral, 3.0 Somewhat disagree, 2.0 Disagree, 1.0 Average score
Patient survey (n = 33) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)  
 The instructions were easy to follow 31 (93.9) 2 (6.1) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 4.94
 It was easy to swab my own bottom 27 (81.8) 4 (12.1) 2 (6.1) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 4.76
 I felt comfortable swabbing my own bottom 31 (93.9) 2 (6.1) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 4.94
 I did not feel pain when swabbing my own bottom 22 (66.7) 1 (3.0) 4 (12.1) 5 (15.2) 1 (3.0) 4.15
 I felt I was able to ask questions about swabbing my own bottom 32 (97.0) 1 (3.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 4.97
 I prefer to swab my own bottom (vs. no preference or clinician-collection)a 23 (69.7) N/A 10 (30.3) N/A 0 (0.0) 4.39
PCP survey (n = 3) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)  
 Explaining the rectal swab self-collection procedure to the patient was easy 3 (100.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 5.00
 Patient rectal swab collection was more time-efficient than provider collection 3 (100.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 5.00
 Patient rectal swab collection was less disruptive to the clinical visit compared to provider collection 3 (100.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 5.00
 Patient self-collection increases the likelihood that I would collect a rectal swab during a clinical visit 2 (66.7) 1 (33.3) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 4.67
 Given a choice, I prefer that patients collect their own rectal swabs (vs. no preference or clinician-collection)a 2 (66.7) N/A 1 (33.3) N/A 0 (0.0) 4.33
  1. Patients and primary care providers (PCPs) completed brief cross-sectional surveys to indicate their perceptions of rectal self-collection. All items were assessed on a 5-point Likert scale from “Disagree” (1.0) to “Agree” (5.0)
  2. aThree choices were given: “Prefer patient self-collection” (5.0), “No preference” (3.0), “Prefer clinician-collection” (1.0)