Translational Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 416–425

Translation of a comprehensive health behavior intervention for women living with HIV: the SMART/EST Women's Program

Authors

    • Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Miller School of MedicineUniversity of Miami
  • Maria Lopez
    • Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Miller School of MedicineUniversity of Miami
  • Hannah Simons
    • Clinical Directors Network
  • Marleny Diaz-Gloster
    • Clinical Directors Network
  • Jonathan N Tobin
    • Clinical Directors Network
    • Center for Clinical and Translational ScienceThe Rockefeller University
  • Stephen M Weiss
    • Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Miller School of MedicineUniversity of Miami
Original Research

DOI: 10.1007/s13142-013-0213-4

Cite this article as:
Jones, D.L., Lopez, M., Simons, H. et al. Behav. Med. Pract. Policy Res. (2013) 3: 416. doi:10.1007/s13142-013-0213-4

Abstract

Translation of behavioral interventions into community settings for people living with HIV/AIDS can decrease the risk of comorbid conditions. This study was designed to determine whether a multiple health behavior intervention for women with HIV/AIDS could be effectively translated into community health centers (CHCs), delivered by CHC primary care staff. Health Resources and Services Administration-supported CHCs in Miami, FL, and the New York metropolitan area participated. Six health behavior domains were assessed at baseline, 6 months, and 12 months post-intervention: nutrition, physical activity, sexual risk behavior, alcohol use, drug use, and tobacco use. Behavioral outcomes were compared between research staff-led and CHC staff-led intervention groups. Research staff and CHC staff outcomes were similar for the majority of outcomes. Results indicate that complex, multicomponent behavioral interventions can be translated into community-based settings with existing CHC staff and can produce clinical effects similar to those achieved by research staff.

Keywords

HIV/AIDSWomenTranslationBehavioral interventionRisk behaviorEffectivenessDissemination and implementationFidelity

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© Society of Behavioral Medicine 2013