Evaluation of a population-based program of expedited partner therapy for gonorrhea and chlamydial infection

Sex Transm Dis. 2007 Aug;34(8):598-603. doi: 10.1097/01.olq.0000258319.54316.06.


Objective: To evaluate a partner notification program for gonorrhea and chlamydial infection that involves communitywide access to free patient-delivered partner therapy (PDPT) and use of case-report forms to triage patients to receive partner notification assistance.

Methods: We evaluated program components in randomly selected cases and compared outcomes before and after program institution.

Results: Following institution of the program, the percentage of cases who received PDPT from their diagnosing clinician increased from 5.6% to 16% (adjusted OR 3.2, 2.5-4.1). Among randomly selected cases, those referred to the health department via the case-report form were significantly more likely than nonreferred cases to have untreated sex partners (76% vs. 35%, OR 6.0, 95% CI 4.5-8.0), to accept PDPT from the health department (36% vs. 14%, 3.3, 95% CI 2.4-4.7), and to request that health department staff notify a partner for them (11% vs. 3%, OR 3.5, 95% CI 1.8-6.7). The percentage of cases classified as having all of their partners treated increased from 39% to 65% concurrent with institution of the program.

Conclusions: A public health program that promotes routine use of PDPT and referral of selected patients for partner notification assistance appears to have improved partner notification outcomes.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chlamydia Infections / epidemiology*
  • Chlamydia Infections / etiology
  • Chlamydia Infections / prevention & control*
  • Contact Tracing*
  • Female
  • Gonorrhea / epidemiology*
  • Gonorrhea / etiology
  • Gonorrhea / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care*
  • Population Surveillance / methods
  • Program Evaluation
  • Public Health Administration* / methods
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Washington / epidemiology