Effect of an interactive text-messaging service on patient retention during the first year of HIV care in Kenya (WelTel Retain): an open-label, randomised parallel-group study

Mia Liisa van der Kop et al.

Retention of patients in HIV care is crucial to ensure timely treatment initiation, viral suppression, and to avert AIDS-related deaths. We did a randomised trial to determine whether a text-messaging intervention improved retention during the first year of HIV care. However, we found that this weekly text-messaging service did not improve retention of people in early HIV care, although the intervention might have a modest role in improving self-perceived health-related quality of life in individuals in HIV care in similar settings.

February 1, 2018
Year of publication
2018
Resource types
Journal and research articles
Tags
patient retention, retention in care, text messaging, attrition, adherence support, Kenya

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