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Monitoring of older HIV‐1‐positive adults by HIV clinics in the United Kingdom: a national quality improvement initiative

Ekong, N; Curtis, H; Ong, E; Sabin, CA; Chadwick, D; (2020) Monitoring of older HIV‐1‐positive adults by HIV clinics in the United Kingdom: a national quality improvement initiative. HIV Medicine 10.1111/hiv.12842. (In press).

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Objectives: The aim of the study was to describe a UK‐wide process to assess adherence to guidelines for the routine investigation and monitoring of HIV‐positive adults aged ≥ 50 years and provide clinical services with individual feedback to support improvement in quality of care. / Methods: The British HIV Association (BHIVA) invited HIV clinical care sites to provide retrospective data from case notes of up to 40 adults aged ≥ 50 years with HIV‐1 infection attending the clinic for care during 2017 and/or 2018, using a structured dynamic online questionnaire. / Results: A total of 4959 questionnaires from 141 clinical services were returned. Regarding the key targets specified in the BHIVA monitoring guidelines, 97% of patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART) had had their viral load measured in the last 9 months, or 15 months if on a protease inhibitor, and 94% had had all medications recorded in the last 15 months. Only 67% of patients on ART without cardiovascular disease (CVD) had had a 10‐year CVD risk calculated in the last 3 years. It was reported that 80% and 92% had had their smoking status documented in the last 2 years and blood pressure checked in the last 15 months, respectively. HIV services had communicated with the general practitioners of 90% of consenting individuals, but consulted electronic primary care records for only 10%. / Conclusions: Nationally, targets were met for viral load and blood pressure monitoring but not for CVD risk assessment, smoking status documentation and recording of comedication. There was variable performance in relation to other outcomes; adherence and laboratory measurements were carried out more regularly than lifestyle and wellbeing assessments.

Type: Article
Title: Monitoring of older HIV‐1‐positive adults by HIV clinics in the United Kingdom: a national quality improvement initiative
DOI: 10.1111/hiv.12842
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/hiv.12842
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: care quality, comorbidities, HIV, older patients, polypharmacy
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health > Infection and Population Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10096907
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