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PDPT for you and me: Creating packaging for expedited partner services

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Psst, wanna take some extra drugs home to your partner? That’s the premise behind an increasingly common healthcare practice supported by the CDC. In patient-delivered partner therapy, health care providers offer extra prescription medicine to patients so that the patients can take some home to treat their sexual partners. The patient is cured; the partner is cured. Its a win-win situation, but what should the package look like that you take home to your partner and what should it say?

That’s the goal of an ongoing project to develop packaging and educational materials to support PDPT among providers, patients, and partners.

In preliminary efforts, AEI formatively developed and evaluated an integrated packaging system. As reported in a recent edition of the Journal of Sexually Transmitted Infections, the { read more }

Congratulations, You’ve Got Chlamydia! Would You Treat Your Partner?

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Most people in the United States say they would take additional prescription medicine to their partner if they themselves were diagnosed with an STI and treated. So called Patient-delivered partner therapy (PDPT) is an up and coming healthcare practice meant to decrease the prevalence of Chlamydia and reducing rates of reinfection.

AEI recently conducted a research study to understand whether healthcare consumers would be willing to either give extra prescription medication to their partners or to take such medication if a partner offered it to them. The researchers also sought to identify things that influence willingness to participate.

The results of the study were recently published by AEI researcher Richard Goldsworthy and frequent AEI collaborator J. Dennis Fortenberry, from the Indiana University School of { read more }

6 for 6! AEI at the 2008 American Public Health Conference

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Academic Edge, Inc. went 6 for 6 in abstract submissions to the 2008 American Public Health Association annual conference. That’s a pretty seriously good batting average and we’ll be presenting some pretty seriously good research and development.

First up, an entire session of presentations on Expedited Partner Services, including the following:

Next, we have Peter Honebein and colleagues presenting the R&D results from their state-of-the-art web-based course Just Ask: SBIRT.

Finally, Drs. Goldsworthy, Honebein, and Schwartz will be discussing the evaluation of Every Square Inch: Preventing Pressure Ulcers, a DVD that targets increasing home care providers looking for and taking steps to prevent pressure ulcers among their patients.

Come visit the researchers in San Diego during the { read more }

New Birth Defects Warning Label Trumps Label Currently in Use

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Should a new symbol be coming to a birth defect hazard near you?

The warning label in use on Accutane(tm) and other teratogenic pharmaceuticals performed significantly worse than a newly developed label reports a recently completed study among more than 2000 adults throughout the United States.

Previous research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated that the warning in use on isotetrenoin (e.g. Accutane) and other pharmaceuticals linked to birth defects was not being understood well, leading to increased risks among healthcare consumers.

The current study tested the label in use against a series of newly developed labels. “We wanted to determine whether some of the newer symbols on the labels would perform better than the existing one. The newer ones were grounded in theory and { read more }

AEI Receives FAS Grant from National Institutes of Health

Saturday, August 13th, 2005

The Academic Edge, Inc. recently received a two-year, $750,000, federal grant from the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse to continue development of its award-winning multimedia package that introduces parents and other care providers to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

NIAAA & AEIFASD is a set of physical and mental characteristics that occur among children whose biological mothers drank alcohol during pregnancy. FASD has long been known as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The Academic Edge produced a CD-ROM to help care providers understand FAS and to seek a diagnosis if they suspect a child in their care may have been prenatally affected by alcohol. The additional funding allows AEI to development version { read more }