Date of Award

Spring 5-27-2017

Document Type

Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Manuscript

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice



First Advisor

Mary Barger, PhD CNM


San Diego County has seen a rise in the number of syphilis cases over the past decade. Syphilis is relatively simple to treat, but requires close serological monitoring to ensure the patient received adequate treatment. Repeat serological testing should be completed at 3 months for patients diagnosed with primary and secondary syphilis. The patient population at a public health clinic in San Diego County has a poor rate of compliance with follow-up appointments (7%). Patient reminders are known to improve patient adherence with follow-up visits. The goal of this project was to incorporate patient reminder cards and patient education to improve follow-up rates among those diagnosed with primary and secondary syphilis.

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Nursing Commons