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Intervention Improved Appointment Attendance in HIV Clinics

November 1, 2012

Researchers evaluated methods of emphasizing the importance of keeping HIV care appointments at HIV specialty clinics.

The researchers launched the first phase of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's and the Health Resources and Services Administration's Retention in Care study in May 2008. The study ran from May 1, 2009, to April 30, 2010, with a pre-intervention period from May 1, 2008, to April 30, 2009. There were 10,018 patients in the pre-intervention study and 11,039 during the intervention study. The intervention consisted of posters, brochures, and staff-generated verbal messages of the importance of regular care and keeping appointments.

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