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Int Health. 2017 Jul 1;9(4):203-205. doi: 10.1093/inthealth/ihx024.

Understanding data sources to measure patient retention in HIV care in sub-Saharan Africa.

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1
Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA.
2
Vanderbilt University Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Nashville, TN, USA.
3
Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
4
Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Abstract

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) programs in sub-Saharan Africa are moving towards universal treatment, yet the success of these programs is threatened by gaps within the continuum of HIV care. In this commentary, we seek to draw attention to the advantages and limitations of different data sources currently used for measuring retention in HIV care. Within the context of a piecemeal combination of imperfect data sources, selecting a gold standard of collecting retention data is difficult. Currently, our data systems for measuring retention provide an incomplete picture of the health of our national ART systems and, thus, the health of our patients.

KEYWORDS:

Data; HIV/AIDS; Retention; Sub-Saharan Africa; Unique identifier

PMID:
28810667
PMCID:
PMC5881262
DOI:
10.1093/inthealth/ihx024
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