A Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating the Educational Effectiveness of a Rapid HIV Post-Test Counseling Video
April 29, 2009
"Many of the individuals most at risk for HIV infection (i.e., minority populations, women, adolescents) are also the most marginalized by our health care system. Lacking primary care providers, they rely on the Emergency Department (ED) for their health care needs and education," explained the authors. Using a study population composed of ambulatory patients recruited for rapid HIV testing in the ED, they conducted a prospective randomized controlled trial to compare the educational effectiveness of a 15-minute post-test counseling video with the normal practice of a session with an HIV counselor.
"The use of an educational counseling video is a valid alternative for providing post-test education and prevention information during the waiting period associated with the 20-minute HIV rapid test. Without disruption in clinical flow, both testing and education can be accomplished in a meaningful way in a busy ED," the authors concluded.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
04.2009; Vol. 36; No. 4: P. 207-210; Yvette Calderon, M.S., M.D.; Jason Leider, M.D., Ph.D.; Susan Hailpern, M.S., D.R.P.H.; Marianne Haughey, M.D.; Reena Ghosh, B.A.; Pamela Lombardi M.S.I.I.; Polly Bijur, Ph.D.; Laurie Bauman, Ph.D.
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