Title

Variation in Practice of Expedited Partner Therapy for Adolescents by State Policy Environment.

Year of Publication

2015

Number of Pages

348-50

Date Published

2015 Sep

ISSN Number

1879-1972

Abstract

<p><strong>PURPOSE: </strong>The purpose of this study was to assess provider practice of expedited partner therapy (EPT) for adolescents with chlamydial infection across varying state policy environments and compare provider practice in a parallel treatment scenario for a nonsexually transmitted disease.</p>

<p><strong>METHODS: </strong>Anonymous survey of randomly selected providers in one of three state EPT policy environments: EPT is (A) explicitly legal; (B) permissible, but not directly referenced in law; or (C) potentially allowable.</p>

<p><strong>RESULTS: </strong>Of 195 respondents, only 20% reported ever practicing EPT. Group A providers were more likely to have used EPT than Groups B and C. Commonly cited barriers included missed opportunity to counsel partners and ensuring medication delivery. In parallel hypothetical scenarios, providers were more likely to offer prophylactic antibiotics to a patient's mother for pertussis exposure without a face-to-face visit than the sexual partner of an adolescent with chlamydia.</p>

<p><strong>CONCLUSIONS: </strong>Further investigation is needed to better understand provider and policy factors that may facilitate EPT provision to adolescents.</p>

DOI

10.1016/j.jadohealth.2015.05.013

Alternate Title

J Adolesc Health

PMID

26299562

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