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Measuring Retention in HIV Care in the First Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Impact of Telehealth.

Authors
  • Ridgway, Jessica P1
  • Massey, Ruby2
  • Mason, Joseph A2
  • Devlin, Samantha2
  • Friedman, Eleanor E2
  • 1 Department of Medicine, University of Chicago, 5841 S Maryland Ave, MC 5065, Chicago, IL, 60637, USA. [email protected].
  • 2 Department of Medicine, University of Chicago, 5841 S Maryland Ave, MC 5065, Chicago, IL, 60637, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
AIDS and Behavior
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
May 01, 2023
Volume
27
Issue
5
Pages
1403–1408
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10461-022-03875-3
PMID: 36194349
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

It is unknown how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted traditional measures of retention in HIV care. We calculated six different retention measures at an urban HIV care clinic for two time periods: pre-pandemic, and during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, with and without inclusion of telehealth appointments. Spearman rank correlation was used to assess correlation between different measures of retention. For both the pre-pandemic and pandemic time periods, there was strong correlation among measures of missed visits (range 0.857-0.957). More patients were considered retained in care during the pandemic when telehealth appointments were included in the analysis. © 2022. The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.

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