Improving HIV service delivery for people who inject drugs in Kazakhstan: Study protocol for the Bridge stepped-wedge trial

Tara McCrimmon, Louisa Gilbert, Timothy Hunt, Assel Terlikbayeva, Elwin Wu, Meruyert Darisheva, Sholpan Primbetova, Azamat Kuskulov, Alissa Davis, Anindita Dasgupta, Bruce R. Schackman, Lisa R. Metsch, Daniel J. Feaster, Baurzhan Baiserkin, Nabila El-Bassel

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Abstract

Background: People who inject drugs (PWID) in Kazakhstan face many barriers to HIV testing as well as to accessing HIV care, to retention in HIV care, and to initiating and adhering to anti-retroviral treatment (ART). Needle and syringe programs (NSPs) are an opportune setting for integrated interventions to link PWID to HIV care. Methods: This Hybrid Type II study employs a stepped-wedge design to evaluate both effectiveness and implementation outcomes of Bridge, an intervention to identify, test, and link HIV-positive PWID to HIV care. The study is conducted at 24 NSPs in three different regions of Kazakhstan, to assess outcomes on the individual, organizational, and policy levels. Discussion: This trial responds to an identified need for new models of HIV service delivery for PWID through harm reduction settings. Trial registration: NCT02796027 on June 10, 2016.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number62
JournalImplementation Science
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 14 2019

Keywords

  • HIV
  • Harm reduction
  • People who inject drugs (PWID)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Health Informatics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    McCrimmon, T., Gilbert, L., Hunt, T., Terlikbayeva, A., Wu, E., Darisheva, M., Primbetova, S., Kuskulov, A., Davis, A., Dasgupta, A., Schackman, B. R., Metsch, L. R., Feaster, D. J., Baiserkin, B., & El-Bassel, N. (2019). Improving HIV service delivery for people who inject drugs in Kazakhstan: Study protocol for the Bridge stepped-wedge trial. Implementation Science, 14(1), [62]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13012-019-0909-z