With significant progress made in the fight against HIV, how do we make sure that clinically proven tools are implemented into real-world settings?
An enduring commitment to implementation science
We believe implementation science is vital in addressing the challenges of delivering HIV care in real-world settings. As part of this commitment, Implementation Science studies led by ViiV Healthcare are ongoing globally to explore a variety of issues that include improving access to testing and clinical care, and also identifying ways to make it easier for people living with HIV to take their medicines regularly. We are collaborating with the broader HIV community to close the implementation gaps between evidence, policy and practice. We have also developed several initiatives, including Positive Pathways for HIV care, a programme intended to define best practices and interventions that can effectively close the gaps from HIV diagnosis to the successful treatment and management of HIV.
Notable examples of our pioneering Implementation Science programme, include, but are not limited to:
- Improving access to care: A study partnership with the University of South Carolina to evaluate the benefits of ride-sharing services on improving access to care for people living with HIV. This study is a part of “Carolinas United to End HIV,” a cross-state collaboration between public health officials, clinical researchers, patients and patient advocacy groups in North Carolina and South Carolina to end the HIV epidemic.
- Improving the delivery of HIV treatment: The first-ever implementation research studies in HIV treatments, CUSTOMIZE and CARISEL, explored how to integrate a long-acting treatment option into US and European healthcare practices.
- Improving patient care: The PROgress study was designed to evaluate how the introduction of patient reported outcomes, or PROs, could improve communication between PLHIV and their healthcare providers using a short-pre-consultation tablet survey. Findings from the PROgress study showed that a short, pre-visit, electronic tablet survey improved healthcare provider awareness and ability to address hidden patient needs, behaviour and issues, including sensitive topics like mental health.
Through our support for implementation science, we are committed to solving real-world challenges to successful HIV prevention and treatment. Developing innovative healthcare solutions, smarter policies and practices will make an HIV-free future possible for the next generation.