Preferences for services in a patient’s first six months on antiretroviral therapy for HIV in South Africa and Zambia (PREFER): research protocol for a prospective observational cohort study

By  Dr Mhairi Maskew  Vinolia Ntjikelane  Allison Juntunen  Nancy Scott  Mariet Benade  Dr. Linda Sande  Pamfred Hasweeka  Prudence Haimbe  Priscilla Lumano-Mulenga  Hilda Shakewelele  |  | 


For patients on HIV treatment in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the highest risk for loss from care consistently remains the first six months after antiretroviral (ART) initiation, when patients are not yet eligible for most existing differentiated service delivery (DSD) models. To reduce disengagement from care during this period, we must gain a comprehensive understanding of patients’ needs, concerns, resources, and preferences for service delivery during this period. The PREFER study will use a sequential mixed-methods approach to survey a sample of patients in South Africa and Zambia 0-6 months after ART initiation to develop a detailed profile of patient characteristics and needs

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