To determine key barriers, particularly financial constraints, to antiretroviral treatment (ART) adherence, a pilot study involving four clinical sites in NSW was initiated in late 2012. The primary aim of the pilot study is to determine the acceptability of a patient survey evaluating possible reasons for non-adherence in four diverse clinical settings in Sydney and NSW: an inner-city hospital, an inner-city general practice, an outer-city sexual health clinic and a rural sexual health clinic. The pilot in particular examines the length of time participants require to complete a questionnaire onsite, feedback obtained on the appropriateness of the questionnaire, and the usability of tablet computer interface. The pilot study further assesses the practicality of the data transfer process and database management. Working closely with clinicians and a peak community organisation representative, the CSRH team has been closely involved in the conception of the research design. Furthermore, CSRH staff have been instrumental in developing electronic case report forms and the patient survey that makes use of computer-assisted self-interview techniques. As part of the pilot study, an application for NHMRC partnership project funding has been developed and submitted and CSRH staff will be leading the psychosocial components of the proposed study.
Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing