Changing HIV clinical knowledge and skill in context: the impact of longitudinal training in the Southeast United States

J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. Mar-Apr 2011;22(2):128-39. doi: 10.1016/j.jana.2010.07.005. Epub 2010 Sep 6.


In the Southeast United States, HIV care is provided in a context of disproportionate HIV prevalence and barriers to care, including rural locales, higher proportions of African American and uninsured patients, and inadequate health care workforce and infrastructure. The authors describe a regional on-site longitudinal training program developed to target multidisciplinary teams providing HIV primary care at clinical sites in the region. The effect of this training program was evaluated using pre- and 3-month post-program knowledge and skills tests, a post-training evaluation questionnaire, and a post-program focus group. The authors found desired effects, with increases in knowledge and skills and improved capacity of providers to meet patient care needs across all clinical sites despite variations in terms of HIV-infected patient loads. However, the lack of enabling factors present in clinic environments may attenuate the application of new knowledge and skills, underscoring the relevance of teamwork training in HIV care settings.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence*
  • Education, Continuing*
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / epidemiology
  • HIV Infections / psychology*
  • HIV Infections / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Southeastern United States / epidemiology