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This study will use a longitudinal, experimental design. Participants will be randomized to either the intervention or the control group.
The intervention will involve cell phone support, including reminders, assessment of barriers to adherence, problem solving and referrals conducted by an Adherence Facilitator.
Control group participants will participate in all on-study evaluations, except the intervention exit interviews.
Forty participants, non-adherent to HAART at study start, will be randomly assigned to either a 1) "Cell Phone Adherence Facilitator" group (intervention group) or a 2) control group. In the intervention group, a Cell Phone Adherence Facilitator will initiate a short (typically five minutes or less) contact Monday through Friday (excluding major holidays) with each participant to enhance their adherence to HAART. Occasionally, calls may be longer if crises arise that can be addressed by the Adherence Facilitator. Calls from the Adherence Facilitator will occur once or twice a day (depending on dosing schedule) and go on for 24 weeks in the intervention group. Calls will occur at a time soon after the prescribed dose is supposed to be taken, but also one convenient to the participant and the Adherence Facilitator.
All participants regardless of condition will be followed for 48 weeks. This intervention will be examined as a tool to address participant-specific, healthcare systems and participant-provider relationship barriers to ARV adherence.
Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Cell Phone Intervention
Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:11:05-0400
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