“ViiV Healthcare itself is a living example of collaboration between GSK, Pfizer and Shionogi. We work alongside the HIV community to accelerate the discovery and development of innovative treatment options for people living with HIV. By collaborating with external partners, we can also turbocharge the science in new mechanisms of action and modes of treatment delivery.”
“Nothing about us without us”
We know that collaborating with the research community is important, but how do we make sure that this is the right thing to do for PLHIV? We are committed to working with PLHIV to truly understand their experiences and needs. When it comes to treatment, prevention, access and stigma related issues, we value the input from the people who are directly impacted, ensuring we make the right decisions.
Few international HIV studies capture the experiences of PLHIV, including health-related quality of life beyond viral suppression, however the latest Positive Perspectives study, which we designed in collaboration with patient advocates is one of the largest, global, HIV patient-reported outcomes (PROs) studies to date and provides perspectives from a diverse group of PLHIV across the world.
We’re also collaborating to explore the role digital technology plays in improving HIV patient care. By working with Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, we supported the launch of Klick, a service that leverages digital technology to provide patients with improved access to the most appropriate care. Created under a Joint Working Agreement, Klick uses digital clinic tools to triage patients according to clinical need and is supported by a mobile app allowing PLHIV to manage appointments, complete health assessments, review results and communicate with their healthcare team.
“We want to ensure we are making the right decisions within our clinical development programmes. Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs) enable us collaborate directly with PLHIV to better understand their needs.”
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