Positive Connections: Connecting HIV-Infected Patients to Care, 2004-2006 [United States] (ICPSR 22482)

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Judith B. Bradford, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Fenway Community Health

https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR22482.v1

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The research study Positive Connections tested the Health Systems Navigation (HSN) model, an intervention linking near-peer interventionists with underserved HIV-infected individuals to assist them to become engaged and retained in HIV medical care through supportive services and facilitated referrals. Working with a core group of local AIDS service organizations to identify unstable and out-of-care HIV-positive individuals, the HSN will enroll and provide health system navigation to participants. The principal goal was to enhance the probability that individuals from historically underserved populations would become engaged and retained in high quality, culturally competent HIV care. The theoretical basis for this intervention included individual behavior change models, social and community networks, and provider cultural competence. This project also sought to improve the understanding and the measurement of health care access problems by seeking to determine which problems have indicators and which do not, and to identify steps that can be taken to develop a reliable access monitoring system. The concept of Health Systems Navigator has been developed by the Multicultural AIDS Coalition.

Bradford, Judith B. Positive Connections: Connecting HIV-Infected Patients to Care, 2004-2006 [United States]. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-06-16. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR22482.v1

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United States Department of Health and Human Services. Health Resources and Services Administration. HIV/AIDS Bureau (H97HA00191-05-07)
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
2004 -- 2006
2004 -- 2006

Positive Connections tested the Health Systems Navigation (HSN) model, an intervention linking near-peer interventionists with underserved HIV-infected individuals to assist them to become engaged and retained in HIV medical care through supportive services and facilitated referrals.

Participants were referred and recruited into the study through community based organizations that provide services to people living with HIV. The study was primarily interested in HIV-infected people who were unstable and out-of-care.

Local HIV/AIDS service organizations identified unstable and out-of-care HIV-positive individuals.

HIV-infected persons 18 years old and older in New England.

individual

agency-sponsored surveys

clinical records

survey data

Variables collected include information on the services related to the care of HIV-infected participants, specifically the types, location, duration, and frequency of services. Additional variables include specific information on the barriers to receiving and staying in care, such as participants' relationship with care providers, stigma, recent drug use, and mental health.

Several Likert-type scales were used

2010-06-09

2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Bradford, Judith B. Positive Connections: Connecting HIV-Infected Patients to Care, 2004-2006 [United States]. ICPSR22482-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-06-16. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR22482.v1

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  • Standardized missing values.
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  • The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented.
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