Diagnostic Tests for Vaginosis/Vaginitis

Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) HTA Report #12.

This report has been prepared following a request from the provincial Clinical Practice Guidelines Program for information on the accuracy of diagnostic tests for the detection of bacterial vaginosis (BV), vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC) and trichomoniasis in females of reproductive age. The intention of this document is to provide background and scientific evidence for the potential development of a provincial guideline.

The focus of the report is the diagnosis of vaginitis, an inflammation of the vagina, and vaginosis, an imbalance in the normal flora of the vagina without inflammation. Specifically, this assessment looks at the analytical performance (sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values) of the current or new diagnostic tests for BV, VVC and trichomoniasis.


NOTE: In 2006 the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research HTA unit moved to IHE. Documents produced in and prior to 2006 have different formats; the format was determined by the agency for which the document was produced.

Publication Type: Health Technology Assessments /
Systematic Reviews

Year of Publication: 1998

Topics: Diagnosis

Authors: Christa Harstall, Paula Corabian

ISBN (print): 1-896956-15-7

ISSN: 1704-1090

ISSN (online): 1704-1104