PositiveLinks

  • Priority Population
    General Population
  • Setting
    Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Clinic
  • Location
    Charlottesville, VA
  • Intervention Focus
    Retention
  • Study Period
    1 Year

Summary

PositiveLinks is a clinic-based mobile health intervention that promotes linkage to and engagement in HIV care in rural areas for people with HIV who are new to care or at risk of falling out of care. This intervention uses a warm technology framework to enhance engagement with the care setting and a broader virtual community of people living with HIV.

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Intervention Outcomes

Retention in care increased from 51% at baseline to 81% 12 months post implementation.
Visit constancy increased from 22% at baseline to 51% 12 months post implementation.
Viral suppression increased from 47% at baseline to 79% 12 months post implementation.

Intervention Components

  1. Assess Readiness and Capacity
  2. Explore Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure
  3. Develop Plans and Protocols for Sites and Partners
  4. Recruit and Train Staff
  5. Implement the Intervention
  6. Monitor and Evaluate the Intervention

Cost Analysis

Total Annual Costs:


$543,729

Avg. Cost Per Client:


$1,285

Avg. Personnel Cost Per Client:


$455

You can also use the CIE Cost Calculator to create an estimate for implementing the intervention at your organization.

 

 

Challenges & Solutions

Challenge: Obtaining IT Solutions
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Solution:

Prepare documentation and collaborate with in-house staff to obtain IT security review and approval. Determine how nimble your organization can be in adopting new technology and integrating it into the workflow.

Challenge: Obtaining Provider Buy-In
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Solution:

Discuss the added-value of using the PositiveLinks app and address provider concerns regarding the app (e.g., potential risks, protocols for clients who show psychological distress, completion of required documentation).

Challenge: Public Health Crises
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Solution:

Consider the broader healthcare landscape. Crises such as COVID-19 may impact your ability to deliver care to clients. When in-person visits are not feasible, initiate remote client enrollment and support.

Challenge: Funding a Tech-based Intervention
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Solution:

Technology-based interventions can be costly. Work with internal teams to secure funding to support technological resources.

Challenge: Sharing Challenges and Solutions with All PositiveLinks Platform Users
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Solution:

Provide resources to teams and standardize solutions where appropriate. Develop a summary of potential challenges and solutions that includes knowledge and tips from staff. Collaborative knowledge exchange enables the intervention to nurture a community of practice that empowers the broader PositiveLinks community.

Publications

The cost and threshold analysis of retention in care (RiC): A multi-site national HIV Care Program
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Long term impact of PositiveLinks: Clinic-deployed mobile technology to improve engagement with HIV care
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mHealth for HIV treatment & prevention: A systematic review of the literature
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PositiveLinks: A mobile health intervention for retention in HIV care and clinical outcomes with 12-month follow-up
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Content analysis and user characteristics of a smartphone-based online support group for people living with HIV
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The cost and threshold analysis of retention in care (RiC): A multi-site national HIV Care Program
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Comparison of a user-centered design, self-management app to existing mHealth apps for persons living with HIV
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Positive Links Research
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Resources

PositiveLinks Implementation Manual and Workbook
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PositiveLinks Decision and Task Checklist for Pre-Implementation
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PositiveLinks Pre-Implementation Reflection
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PositiveLinks Site Readiness Checklists
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PositiveLinks Coordinator Job Description
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PositiveLinks Frequently Used Terms
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PositiveLinks Challenges and Solutions
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PositiveLinks Budget Worksheet
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PositiveLinks Brochure
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PositiveLinks Certification and LMS Overview
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Certification Process: How Does It Work?
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What is PositiveLinks Certification?
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Why is PositiveLinks Certification Important?
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PositiveLinks International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC) Conference Presentation
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PositiveLinks Website
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Trainings

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