Integrating Mental Health and HIV Services in Zimbabwean Communities: A Nurse and Community-led Approach to Reach the Most Vulnerable

by Malia Duffy, Melissa Sharer, Helen Cornman et al.
Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Vol. 28, No. 2, March/April 2017, 186-198

13 pp. 329 kB
http://www.nursesinaidscarejournal.org/article/S1055-3290(15)00224-1/pdf

Alcohol use and depression negatively impact adherence, retention in care, and HIV progression, and people living with HIV (PLWH) have disproportionately higher depression rates. In developing countries, more than 76% of people with mental health issues receive no treatment. This Zimbabwe pilot study examined the acceptability and feasibility of an integrated mental health and HIV stepped-care approach in nurses, community health workers, and traditional medicine practitioners. This study indicates that integration of mental health and HIV services can expand availability of mental health services for people living with HIV.

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