Atlanta Veterans Affair Medical Center

Decatur, GA, United States

Atlanta Veterans Affair Medical Center

Decatur, GA, United States
SEARCH FILTERS
Time filter
Source Type

Camacho-Gonzalez A.F.,Emory University | Gillespie S.E.,Emory University | Thomas-Seaton L.,Children's Healthcare Of Atlanta | Frieson K.,Atlanta Veterans Affair Medical Center | And 9 more authors.
AIDS | Year: 2017

Objective: To determine the effectiveness of the Metropolitan Atlanta community adolescent rapid testing initiative (MACARTI) intervention relative to standard of care (SOC), in achieving early diagnosis, linkage, and retention among HIV-infected youth ages 18-24 years. Design: MACARTI was a pilot single-center, prospective, nonrandomized study. Methods: MACARTI combined nontraditional venue HIV testing, motivational interviewing, and case management. We collected demographic, clinical variables and calculated linkage and appointment adherence rates. We obtained SOC data from an adolescent HIV clinic. Longitudinal data were analyzed using inverse propensity treatment-weighted linear growth models; medians, interquartile ranges (IQR), means, and 95% confidence intervals are provided. Results: MACARTI screened 435 participants and identified 49 (11.3%) HIV infections. The SOC arm enrolled 49 new HIV-infected individuals. The 98 participants, (49 in each arm) were: 85% men; 91% Black; mean age = 21 years (SD: 1.8). Overall, 63% were linked within 3 months of diagnosis; linkage was higher for MACARTI compared to SOC (96 vs. 57%, P < 0.001). Median linkage time for MACARTI participants compared to SOC was 0.39 (IQR: 0.20-0.72) vs. 1.77 (IQR: 1.12-12.65) months (P < 0.001). MACARTI appointment adherence was higher than SOC (86.1 vs. 77.2%, P = 0.018). In weight-adjusted models, mean CD4 + T-cell counts increased and mean HIV-1 RNA levels decreased in both arms over 12 months, but the differences were more pronounced in the MACARTI arm. Conclusion: MACARTI successfully identified and linked HIV-infected youth in Atlanta, USA. MACARTI may serve as an effective linkage and care model for clinics serving HIV-infected youth. Copyright © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.


Izuora K.E.,Atlanta Veterans Affair Medical Center | Izuora K.E.,Emory University | Alazraki N.,Atlanta Veterans Affair Medical Center | Alazraki N.,Emory University | And 5 more authors.
American Journal of the Medical Sciences | Year: 2011

Introduction: Prevention of osteoporotic fractures is desirable to decrease morbidity, mortality and health care costs. The World Health Organization Fracture Assessment Tool (FRAX) enhances physician treatment decisions by combining epidemiologic fracture risk calculations with bone density. The authors sought to determine the effect of reporting FRAX results and treatment recommendations in bone density reports on clinician prescribing behavior. Methods: Retrospective review of adherence to treatment recommendations for 368 osteopenic patients at a VA Medical Center 7 months before (pre-FRAX) and after (post-FRAX) inclusion of fracture risk assessment data into the dual energy X-ray absorptiometry. Only osteopenic patients were included (T score: -1.0


PubMed | Atlanta Veterans Affair Medical Center
Type: Journal Article | Journal: The American journal of the medical sciences | Year: 2011

Prevention of osteoporotic fractures is desirable to decrease morbidity, mortality and health care costs. The World Health Organization Fracture Assessment Tool (FRAX) enhances physician treatment decisions by combining epidemiologic fracture risk calculations with bone density. The authors sought to determine the effect of reporting FRAX results and treatment recommendations in bone density reports on clinician prescribing behavior.Retrospective review of adherence to treatment recommendations for 368 osteopenic patients at a VA Medical Center 7 months before (pre-FRAX) and after (post-FRAX) inclusion of fracture risk assessment data into the dual energy X-ray absorptiometry. Only osteopenic patients were included (T score: -1.0

Loading Atlanta Veterans Affair Medical Center collaborators
Loading Atlanta Veterans Affair Medical Center collaborators