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Encyclopedia of AIDS

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Case Management for Linkage

  • Christa L. CookAffiliated withUniversity of Florida, College of Nursing Email author 

Definition

Case Management

Case management is a collaborative process that includes client identification, outreach, engagement, assessment, planning, coordination, linkage, monitoring, reassessment, and discharge planning to meet the health and social service needs of clients.

Linkage to HIV Care

Conceptually, HIV care is challenging to define and can best be illustrated along a continuum that ranges from people not aware of their status to people who are fully engaged in care and have achieved viral suppression (Gardner et al. 2011). Linkage to HIV care represents a point along this continuum after a person is diagnosed with HIV and initially seeks care from an HIV provider (Mugavero et al. 2013).

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Background

In the United States, over 1.2 million people currently live with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and approximately 1 in 6 of those infected is not aware they have the virus (Centers for Disease Control 2016). While the incidence of infection has remained relatively stable ...

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