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

TitleVariation in Practice of Expedited Partner Therapy for Adolescents by State Policy Environment.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsLee S, Dowshen N, Matone M, Mollen C
JournalJ Adolesc Health
Volume57
Issue3
Pagination348-50
Date Published2015 Sep
ISSN1879-1972
Abstract

PURPOSE: 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.

METHODS: 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.

RESULTS: 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.

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

DOI10.1016/j.jadohealth.2015.05.013
Alternate JournalJ Adolesc Health
PubMed ID26299562