Retention in care among older adults living with HIV in western Kenya: A retrospective observational cohort study

Kiplagat J, Mwangi A, Keter A, Braitstein P, Sang E, Negin J, Chasela C

Retention, defined as continuous engagement in care, is an important indicator for quality of healthcare services. To achieve UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets, emphasis on retention as a predictor of viral suppression in patients initiated on ART is vital. Using routinely collected clinical data, the authors sought to determine the effect of age on retention post ART initiation.

April 24, 2018
Year of publication
2018
Resource types
Journal and research articles
Tags
retention in care, healthcare quality, viral suppression, 90-90-90 targets, older people living with HIV, Kenya

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