Interprofessional collaboration and on-the-job training improves access to HIV testing, HIV primary care and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

Pinto, Rogério M.; Witte, Susan S.; Filippone, Prema Lynn; Choi, C. Jean; Wall, Melanie

The HIV Continuum of Care is a global priority, yet vulnerable patients face access/retention challenges. Research is missing on the role social and public health service providers can play to help these patients. Using structural equation modeling, we examined the effects of interprofessional collaboration (IPC) and on-the-job training on the frequency of linkages to HIV testing, HIV primary care, and on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) psychoeducation. Sample included 285 New York City providers of social and public health services – in 34 agencies. Forty- eight percent of providers had not offered PrEP psychoeducation and linked fewer than five patients to HIV testing and primary care per week. However, in multivariate analysis higher IPC was associated with more linkages and frequent psychoeducation. After adjusting for IPC, linkage training was associated with more frequent services. The influence of specific factors highlights areas for interventions and policies to improve access to the HIV Continuum of Care.


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November 30, 2021