HIV Care in Patients with Concurrent Mental Health or Substance Abuse Diagnoses
Location(s): United States
HIV care has changed dramatically in the last two decades. A previously fatal disease has changed into a controllable chronic condition. However, timely entry into, engagement and retention in, as well as adherence to, proper high-quality care is essential to achieve this. Vulnerable populations are more likely not to be involved in that healthcare cascade. To understand the underpinnings that result in HIV+ individuals with concurrent mental health or substance use being insufficiently engaged in care, I will conduct a qualitative study using semi-structured interviews. The purpose is to characterize barriers to care, impact of new service delivery models and increase patient satisfaction.