Research ReportsExpert Interviews on Multilevel Barriers in Implementing Expedited Partner Therapy for ChlamydiaMcCool-Myers, Megan PhD, MPH; Smith, Akimi Dan-Yei MPH; Kottke, Melissa J. MD, MPH, MBAAuthor Information Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia. Correspondence: Megan McCool-Myers, PhD, MPH, Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health, Emory University School of Medicine, 46 Armstrong St SE, Atlanta, GA 30303 (email@example.com). The authors would like to thank Melissa A. Theurich, MPH, and Jacqueline A. Carter, MPH, for their review of the manuscript. Study did not involve research on humans. Emory University's Institutional Review Board determined this study to be exempt from review (March 27, 2018). Supplemental digital content is available for this article. Direct URL citations appear in the printed text and are provided in the HTML and PDF versions of this article on the journal's Web site (http://www.JPHMP.com). The authors declare no conflicts of interest. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: November/December 2020 - Volume 26 - Issue 6 - p 585-589 doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000001054 Buy SDC Metrics Abstract Expedited partner therapy (EPT) is an evidence-based practice in which partners of patients with chlamydia are given antibiotics or a prescription for antibiotics without prior medical evaluation. This practice facilitates partner treatment and prevents reinfection of the patient. EPT remains underutilized due to multilevel implementation barriers. Barriers may exist at the level of legislation, policy, health care system, health care provider (HCP), pharmacist, patient, or partner. Qualitative interviews were performed with 11 EPT experts across the United States to uncover barriers in implementation. Thirty-four barriers were identified and grouped into 1 of 15 themes. The themes that surfaced most frequently were liability and adverse events (policy and HCP level), funding (policy level), electronic medical records (health care system level), and awareness (HCP and pharmacy level). Tailored implementation strategies are needed to increase awareness among HCPs and pharmacists, to establish funding and to streamline processes in health care systems. © 2019 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.