Feasibility and Acceptability of the Modified Antiretroviral Treatment Access Study (MARTAS) Intervention Based on a Pilot Study in Ukraine

J Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care. Jan-Dec 2019;18:2325958218823257. doi: 10.1177/2325958218823257.

Abstract

We conducted a pilot of the Modified Antiretroviral Treatment Access Study (MARTAS), a linkage to HIV treatment intervention, prior to implementing a multisite randomized controlled trial (RCT) in Ukraine. The objectives of the pilot were to assess the feasibility and acceptability of the MARTAS intervention among a small sample of adults recently diagnosed with HIV at specialty clinics in the Mykolaiv region of Ukraine in 2015. The adapted intervention consisted of up to 6 individual-level sessions with a linkage coordinator (nurse) over a 90-day period. Overall, 22 persons participated in the pilot. On average, participants received 4.2 sessions and 14 participants linked to HIV care within 3 months of study enrollment. All 18 participants who completed the acceptability survey expressed high satisfaction with their interaction with their linkage coordinator. The results of the pilot demonstrated feasibility and acceptability of the MARTAS intervention in advance of a larger scale RCT in Ukraine.

Keywords: HIV; acceptability; case management; feasibility; linkage to HIV care.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anti-Retroviral Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / drug therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Pilot Projects
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Ukraine

Substances

  • Anti-Retroviral Agents