Background/Aims Our HIV cohort more than doubled between 2004/11 with no increase in clinic capacity or staffing. Some of our service users have complex health needs—related to delayed HIV diagnosis, poor adherence to ART and co-morbidities—but an increasing number are stable on treatment and more than half have their medication delivered to their home. We are reviewing our service model to focus on the needs of our complex patients but at the same time providing a responsive, quality service to the stable patients. A key part of this review is to elicit our patients' views on the current service and how it might be improved.
Methods A self-administered questionnaire completed by HIV+ service users.
Results 50 people completed a questionnaire and 76% described their current health as good to excellent. 43% were attending appointments 3–4 monthly, with 39% attending more frequently. 72% wished to continue to be seen at the same frequency. Most (76%) reported that appointments were available at suitable times. Barriers to clinic attendance included poor car-parking (44%) and lack of transport links (13%). A majority (84%) have access to a personal computer and 53% have a webcam—of these 50% would value an online consultation. 32% would consider HIV monitoring by their GP and 33% would like to receive some of their care in this setting. Of the people currently receiving ART delivered to their home 35% would like monitoring to be performed by the individual delivering the medications.
Conclusions Most patients are satisfied with the current model of care and may be reluctant to be seen less often. However there is a softening in the reluctance to involve GPs in HIV care and a willingness to consider models using newer technologies and care at home. We have reviewed our clinic template increasing the number of early and late appointments and are actively developing pilots to explore new ways to deliver care to increase choice and flexibility for our patients.
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