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Evaluation of a Computer-Based System Using Cell Phones for HIV People in Peru

2014-08-27 03:13:53 | BioPortfolio

Summary

The investigators propose to develop and evaluate a computer-based intervention using cell phones to enhance adherence to antiretroviral treatment (ART) and support of HIV transmission risk-reduction among adult HIV-positive patients in Peru.

Description

Adherence to ART is critical for treatment success at the individual level and to avoid the onset of resistant strains of HIV. In Peru, where ART has recently been introduced, adherence to HIV treatment has not yet been addressed properly. Innovative approaches using information technologies such as cell phones are needed to increase adherence to ART for people with HIV/AIDS. The specific aims of the study are to: 1) Conduct formative research to assess culturally-specific behavioral messages to be included in the computer-based system; 2) Develop and test an interactive computer-based system using cell phones to enhance adherence to ART and to deliver HIV transmission risk reduction messages; 3) Evaluate the impact of the system on antiretroviral adherence and sexual risk behaviors.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Health Services Research

Conditions

HIV

Intervention

Cell phone intervention

Location

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Lima
Peru

Status

Recruiting

Source

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

Results (where available)

View Results

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:13:53-0400

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Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

Utilization of wireless phones for communication.

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