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Effect of Peer Health Workers and a Mobile Phone Support Intervention on AIDS Care in Rakai, Uganda


Summary

This is a cluster-randomized operational research trial nested within the Rakai Health Sciences Program (RHSP)/PEPFAR program, first piloted in early 2006, with a two year follow-up period recently concluded in mid-2008. This study hypothesized that (i) patients on ART in communities which have PHWs deployed will have improved AIDS care outcomes compared to patients on ART in communities that do not have PHWs, and (ii) a mobile phone support intervention used by PHWs will further improve care outcomes. This study cluster randomized communities to receiving (A1) PHWs with a mobile phone support intervention, (A2) PHWs only, or (B) usual care. The primary task of PHWs was to make regular home visits to patients on ART, take adherence measures, assist with patient triage issues, and provide HIV education and social support.

Dates

  • Start Date: 
    05/01/2006
  • End Date: 
    12/01/2009

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