Patient Delivered Partner Therapy

PDPT facilitates effective and timely partner treatment, and might be an option for your patient.

What is Patient Delivered Partner Therapy (PDPT)?

PDPT is where the diagnosing clinician provides either an additional prescription or course of antibiotic treatment to the index case for the treatment of their partner/s, without first seeing the partner/s. PDPT has been shown to reduce reinfection in the index case compared with simple patient referral1,2,3 and can reduce time to partner treatment.4 In Australia, a single one gram dose orally of azithromycin is used for PDPT. 

Who is it suitable for?

Clinicians should discuss partner management options with their patient (including PDPT) to support patients in deciding on the best option. 

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A flowchart to assist with the process of offering and providing PDPT is available here

Is there guidance for PDPT?

Health authorities in Victoria, New South Wales and the Northern Territory have provided guidance for PDPT. 

There is no health authority guidance for PDPT in other Australian jurisdictions. However a review of the PDPT policy environment5 found that PDPT is potentially allowable under relevant prescribing regulations in Western Australia, Tasmania, Australian Capital Territory, and South Australia (noting that PDPT is not recommended in South Australia due to concerns about azithromycin resistant gonorrhoea. You can read more about the South Australian context here)

How do I do PDPT?

PDPT can be offered at the discretion of the clinician as part of the discussion with their patient about options for informing their partners. Detailed information about offering and providing PDPT are provided in our recent Australian Journal of General Practice article available here

If the patient accepts the offer of PDPT for their partner/s the clinician will need to:

  • Record in their patient’s medical record that PDPT was offered and accepted along with the partner’s details
  • Prescribe Azithromycin 1g orally for the index patients partner/s.
  • Provide information about PDPT for their patient and the patients partner/s
  • Advise their patient to abstain from sex for seven days after taking the antibiotics.

Generating a PDPT prescription

If the partner is an existing patient of your clinic, the PDPT prescription can be generated from and documented in the partners medical record. 

If the partner is NOT an existing patient of your clinic the PDPT prescription can be:

  • Handwritten on a prescription pad or prescription paper
  • Populated from a PDPT prescription template available on our workflow resources page. Prescriptions generated in this manner are private, and patients will need to pay the full cost for the medication (approximately $8-11 for azithromycin at a discount chemist).  

Additional resources to support implementation of PDPT into practice are provided on our workflow resources page

Where do I go for more information?

The Australasian Contact Tracing Guidelines have further information about PDPT. You can also check with your local health department or specialist sexual health centre.  

Detailed information about offering and providing PDPT are provided in our recent Australian Journal of General Practice article available here

MoCCA is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (APP1150014) and is a collaboration between the University of Melbourne and our project investigators and partner organisations in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Click here for a list of our collaborators.

We acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which this research is being conducted.

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