Review - Reviewer's Assessment

1. Short summary / abstract
The guideline gives a brief background to the problem of chlamydial genital tract infection. The main focus is on the diagnosis and management of this infection. Available diagnostic tests and treatment regimes are discussed and recommendations made. The wider aspects of patient management are also included.

2. What question is the document addressing?
The document is to provide guidance for the optimal management of Chlamydia trachomatis genital tract infections.

3. Type of study
Clinical guideline

4. Methods valid & appropriate?

The authors have searched Medline from 1970 and the Cochrane database. There is no information regarding the appraisal of papers selected. All the working party are physicians in GU medicine, it is not clear whether other interested parties have been consulted.

5. Results / recommendations reliable?
The recommendations appear to be valid and reliable. The evidence is presented and discussed. Some recommendations have been graded but others have not.

6. Any major problems and biases?

7. Any other important / relevant studies which confirm or contradict?
Reference is made to ongoing studies (the follow up NATSAL study and the Chlamydia screening study ClaSS) which may provide further evidence in the near future.

8. Keywords

Reviewer's Details:

Name:Tim Weller
Post:Consultant Microbiologist
(Society / Organisation / Advisory Committee):
City Hospital, Birmingham and a member of BSAC

*** Note: These are the views of a professional expert rather than an official statement from his or her society, organisation or advisory committee.

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