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dc.contributor.authorMcNulty, Colleen
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-29T23:40:40Z
dc.date.available2016-04-29T23:40:40Z
dc.date.issued2015-12-01
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11122/6544
dc.descriptionPresented to the Faculty of the University of Alaska, Anchorage in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTHen_US
dc.description.abstractExpedited Partner Therapy (EPT) is an important strategy in reducing reinfection for clients with a positive chlamydia or gonorrhea lab test. It also reduces the time it takes to treat partners, therefore decreasing the rapid spread of these diseases. In 2012, the Alaska Section of Public Health Nursing began to establish an EPT process. The purpose of this program evaluation was to determine uptake in EPT clinical services and to identify barriers both in the process and in staff knowledge and support of EPT practice. Several methods of data collection were used including historical data review, focus group discussion and online survey. Based on the data review, EPT was offered to only 13.7% of clients with a positive chlamydia and/or gonorrhea tests, although of the clients who used EPT, 94.7% reported that using EPT was a positive option for them. Both the focus group discussion and online survey demonstrated that the process set up for provision of EPT by public health nurses was lengthy and difficult for staff to follow. There were also barriers with nurses using EPT due to fear of a potential allergic reaction (35.4%) and fear it could increase antimicrobial resistance (12.5%). The recommendations made were to: reduce the number of required steps of the process for providing EPT to clients; provide ongoing education on evidence-based reporting of EPT services; and to provide support for the public health nurse staff.en_US
dc.description.tableofcontentsSignature Page / Title Page / Abstract / Table of Contents / List of Tables / List of Figures / List of Appendices / Introduction and Background / Project Goal and Objectives / Methods / Results / Discussion / Strengths and L Imitations / Public Health Implications / Conclusion and Recommendations / References / Appendicesen_US
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dc.publisherUniversity of Alaska Anchorageen_US
dc.subjectExpedited Partner Therapyen_US
dc.subjectnursingen_US
dc.titleEvaluation of a Public Health Nursing Expedited Partner Therapy Programen_US
dc.typeReporten_US
refterms.dateFOA2020-03-05T13:16:50Z


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