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J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2017 Sep - Oct;28(5):770-783. doi: 10.1016/j.jana.2017.05.007. Epub 2017 May 31.

Perspectives of HIV Clinic Staff on the Implementation of a Client Financial Incentives Program Targeting Viral Suppression.


We present perspectives of health care providers and clinic staff on the implementation of a financial incentive program for clients living with HIV in three Louisiana clinics. Interviews were conducted in May-June 2015 with 27 clinic staff to assess their perspectives on implementation of the Health Models financial incentive program, which was initiated in September 2013. Many providers and staff welcomed the program, but some were concerned about sustainability and the ethics of a program that paid patients to receive care. Most said they eventually found the program to be helpful for patients and clinic operations in general, by facilitating partnerships between providers and patients, improving appointment keeping, providing opportunities for patient education, engaging patients in care, and helping patients form new prevention habits. The findings can improve understanding of staff and leadership perceptions of incentive programs and can inform planning and implementation of these programs in the future.


HIV treatment; health care providers; incentive program; program implementation; viral suppression

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