Training social workers to enhance patient-centered care for drug-resistant TB-HIV in South Africa

Summary


Published March 2018.

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, is the epicenter of an epidemic of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) co-infection, characterized by low rates of medication adherence and retention in care. Social workers may have a unique role to play in improving DR-TB-HIV outcomes. We designed, implemented and evaluated a model-based pilot training course on patient-centered care, treatment literacy in DR-TB and HIV coinfection, patient support group facilitation, and self-care. Ten social workers participated in a 1-day training course. Post-training questionnaire scores showed significant overall gains (P = 0.003). A brief training intervention may be a useful and feasible way to engage social workers in patient-centered care for DR-TB and HIV coinfection.

Citations

Zelnick, J. R., Seepamore, B., Daftary, A., Amico, K. R., Bhengu, X., Friedland, G., Padayatchi, N., Naidoo, K., & O’Donnell, M. R. (2018). Training social workers to enhance patient-centered care for drug-resistant TB-HIV in South Africa. Public health action8(1), 25–27. https://doi.org/10.5588/pha.17.0114

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