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

  • Author(s): Ayieko, James;
  • Petersen, Maya L;
  • van Rie, Annelies;
  • Wafula, Erick;
  • Opudo, Wilson;
  • Clark, Tamara D;
  • Kamya, Moses R;
  • Balzer, Laura B;
  • Cohen, Craig R;
  • Bukusi, Elizabeth A;
  • Charlebois, Edwin D;
  • Havlir, Diane V
  • et al.
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).

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