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Is accelerated partner therapy a feasible and acceptable strategy for rapid partner notification in the UK?: a qualitative study of genitourinary medicine clinic attenders.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19710331     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Partner notification (PN) in the UK is of limited effectiveness. Expedited partner therapy improves PN outcomes but does not comply with existing UK professional guidance. We developed two new strategies, known as accelerated partner therapy (APT), based on elements of PN practice for which there is evidence of efficacy, and which conform to UK prescribing guidance. We explored the acceptability and feasibility of these models qualitatively in genitourinary medicine clinic attenders. Both strategies were viewed favourably. Preference was influenced by age, relationship type, whether participants were delivering or receiving APT and whether the sex partner was aware of the participant's clinic visit. APT provides a new approach to PN, which has strong patient support and complies with existing UK regulations. The complex factors that influence patients' choice of PN method suggest that provision of a range of PN options including APT may be central to improving the effectiveness of PN in the UK.
L Sutcliffe; M G Brook; J L Chapman; J M Cassell; C S Estcourt
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of STD & AIDS     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0956-4624     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2009 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-08-27     Completed Date:  2009-10-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9007917     Medline TA:  Int J STD AIDS     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  603-6     Citation Subset:  IM; X    
Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Contact Tracing*
Female Urogenital Diseases / therapy*
Great Britain
Male Urogenital Diseases / therapy*
Sexual Partners*
Sexually Transmitted Diseases / prevention & control*
Grant Support
//Medical Research Council

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