The objective of this study is to determine whether the "Syphilis and Men" educational video
can be a useful tool to increase syphilis knowledge and testing among English and
Spanish-speaking urgent care and emergency department patients, regardless of various
self-reported characteristics that increase their risk for syphilis infection.
A randomized four-group intervention-control Solomon design was implemented with Group 1
participants receiving a pre-test survey, the educational video intervention, and a
post-test survey; Group 2 the pre-test and post-test surveys; Group 3 the video intervention
and a post-test survey; and Group 4 the post-test survey. This design was selected to
assess the effect of the video in increasing syphilis knowledge while controlling for the
influence of the pre-test instrument in potentially sensitizing participants to key facts.
A computer-generated randomization list was created and used to assign patients to groups.
- Patients aged 18-55 years of age were eligible only if they spoke English or Spanish.
- Patients were excluded if clinically unstable, unarousable, hearing impaired or
visually impaired despite corrected lens.