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Open Forum Infect Dis. 2018 May 29;5(6):ofy126. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofy126. eCollection 2018 Jun 1.

Effect of a Patient-Centered Phone Call by a Clinical Officer at Time of HIV Testing on Linkage to Care in Rural Kenya.

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1
Kenya Medical Research Institute, Center for Microbiology Research, Kisumu, Kenya.
2
University of California, Berkeley, California.
3
University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium.
4
University of California, San Francisco, California.
5
College of Health Sciences and the Infectious Diseases Research Collaboration, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.
6
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Abstract

In a randomized controlled trial, we tested whether a structured, patient-centered phone call from a clinical officer after HIV testing improved linkage to/re-engagement in HIV care. Among 130 HIV-positive persons, those randomized to the phone call were significantly more likely to link to care by 7 and 30 days (P = .04).

KEYWORDS:

linkage to HIV care; phone call; randomized controlled trial; re-engagement in care; test and treat

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