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Family Access to Care Study (FACS)

2014-07-24 14:19:28 | BioPortfolio

Summary

The purpose of this study is to find ways to get services to families living with HIV. New services for families living with HIV have been tried in places around the country. They seem to benefit many families. We will work with places in New York City that provide HIV services to find out more about family services. There, we will talk with people living with HIV, their family members, and their providers. Many questions need to be answered. For example: What kinds of services do families want? What would make it easier for families to come in for services? What would get in the way?

Description

Families affected by HIV and AIDS require access to a comprehensive continuum of services. Findings from our own and other recently completed federally sponsored intervention trials and other studies could be used to help expand and enhance these services. However, a number of fundamental questions must first be answered about the feasibility of "technology transfer." This study will address this issue by conducting individual interviews and focus groups with providers from 64 medical care and social service settings. Data will also be obtained through a comprehensive assessment of providers' capacities to serve families and to participate in technology transfer, including dimensions of organizational mission and leadership, availability of resources, and connections in the community. Thirty patients/clients served by each setting along with approximately twenty of their family members will also be individually interviewed to assess their needs for services, factors that affect their desire for family-oriented services, and their willingness to take part in psychosocial intervention studies. Data analysis will determine how initial setting readiness and setting capacities, and feedback about patient and family needs and willingness to participate in research, influence change in readiness, interest in capacity building and participation in research partnership activities. We will also conduct hierarchical data analyses to better understand how providers' readiness and capacities are related to clients'and families' service needs, barriers to participation, and willingness to participate in research. Study findings will guide efforts to implement family-oriented intervention research in frontline community service settings, and will help to establish a scientific framework for studying the process of technology transfer. Additionally, this project will lay the groundwork for sustained research collaboration with the network of community providers participating in this study to further explore ways to address the needs of families affected by HIV/AIDS.

Study Design

Observational Model: Case-Only, Time Perspective: Prospective

Conditions

HIV Infections

Location

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York
New York
United States
10065

Status

Completed

Source

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-24T14:19:28-0400

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