Developing a Patient Navigation Program to Improve Engagement in HIV Medical Care and Viral Suppression: A Demonstration Project Protocol
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Individuals diagnosed and living with HIV who are out of care or who have persistent viremia are at risk for poor health outcomes and are estimated to account for two-thirds of all new HIV infections. As part of a six-state demonstration project to improve access to care for hard-to-reach populations, Wisconsin developed an HIV-specific patient navigation program to improve engagement in HIV care and viral suppression for populations at risk for poor HIV care outcomes. Patient navigators worked with individuals who were out of HIV medical care or were at risk of falling out of care over nine months to identify and address barriers to care. This manuscript describes the patient navigation program and rationale, and lessons learned that should be considered by sites developing similar programs.
KeywordsNavigation Case management HIV Retention Viral suppression
This project was supported by Grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration, HIV/AIDS Bureau, under its Special Projects of National Significance, H97HA22698, and the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Part B Program, X07HA00027 and X08HA28015.
Compliance with Ethical Standards
The implementation and evaluation of the patient navigation program does not constitute human subjects research under 45 CFR 46.102 (d) per the University of Wisconsin-Madison Health Sciences Institutional Review Board.
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