Pelvic inflammatory disease in adolescents: Care delivery in pediatric ambulatory settings

Maria Trent, Jonathan M. Ellen, Allen Walker

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Objectives: To evaluate care delivery patterns in patients treated for pelvic inflammatory disease in pediatric outpatient settings and to determine the effect of practice type on care delivery. Design/setting: Retrospective review of medical records for patients treated as outpatients in an urban academic pediatric facility. Care patterns were evaluated according to the Centers for Disease Control sexually transmitted disease guidelines. Participants: Fifty-six adolescent patients who were diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease in pediatric ambulatory settings between January 1, 2002, and December 31, 2002. Main outcome measures: Demographic information, documented patient history and examination, laboratory data, and discharge instructions. Results: Forty percent of patients were prescribed inadequate courses of medications. Patients who were seen in the pediatric emergency department were less likely to receive a standard medication regimen than those seen in the ambulatory setting. Most patients did not receive adequate instruction for self-care on review of written discharge instructions, and there were no differences based on location of care. Conclusions: Many adolescents treated as outpatients for pelvic inflammatory disease may not receive adequate medications and instructions for self-care at discharge in pediatric ambulatory settings. This study suggests a need for aggressive quality improvement measures to enhance the care of adolescents with pelvic inflammatory disease in pediatric outpatient settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-436
Number of pages6
JournalPediatric emergency care
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2005


  • Adolescent health
  • Pediatric ambulatory care
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Emergency Medicine


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