The purpose of this study is to evaluate (a) the additional demands placed on the health care system by individuals living with HIV infection who have comorbid conditions and (b) the benefits and costs of integrating and coordinating treatment for these conditions. Two separate projects are underway. The Johns Hopkins University will describe and quantify the delivery of comorbidity services, compare this delivery with established guidelines and standards, and analyze the outcomes of the HIV infection and selected comorbidities (substance abuse, psychiatric illness, and hepatitis C). The Washington University School of Medicine will study comorbidities of adult and adolescent women with HIV. Conditions include chemical dependency, mental illness, TB, STD, cervical dysplasia and cancer, diabetes, hypertension, renal failure, and hepatitis B and C. Homelessness and encounters with the criminal justice system will also be explored. The project will analyze how many clients are receiving services for comorbid conditions and HIV, the standard of medical care for those with these conditions, and changes in this standard during 1996-1998. At least one publishable article is to discuss how grantees and planning bodies can use study findings to optimize the delivery of services under the Ryan White CARE Act.
EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION:09/30/2001
AGENCY SPONSOR: HIV/AIDS Bureau
FEDERAL CONTACT: Moses B. Pounds, 301-443-2894
PIC ID: 7267
PERFORMER: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD