QUICKFLASH: UVA CLINIC BEGINS RURAL HEALTHCARE PROJECT

According to a recent article by NBC29 (Virginia), the University of Virginia's Infectious Disease Clinic is testing a very unique text messaging program in order to improve the contact with HIV patients in the rural areas of Virginia. The program is described below.

The program launched last summer after a social worker saw that patients in less urban parts of the state were missing appointments and falling out of treatment.

In the program HIV patients are given a cell phone that only receives texts and can only call emergency and medical contacts. The goal is to see if they stay the course of treatment longer than six months.


In my opinion, a program like this should be monitored for success because if it IS successful, it can implemented around the country to improve contact with HIV patients who may need assistance in keeping appointments and maintaining their treatment.

1 comments:

  Rich

January 1, 2009 at 1:58 PM

You are providing a very important service to the community.
Just one thing. The font size (in the post area) is much to small , and the color not dark enough.
Keep up the great work.