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Peer Knowledge and Roles in Supporting Access to Care and Treatment

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dc.contributor.author Tobias, Carol R. en_US
dc.contributor.author Rajabiun, Serena en_US
dc.contributor.author Franks, Julie en_US
dc.contributor.author Goldenkranz, Sarah B. en_US
dc.contributor.author Fine, David N. en_US
dc.contributor.author Loscher-Hudson, Brenda S. en_US
dc.contributor.author Colson, Paul W. en_US
dc.contributor.author Coleman, Sharon M. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-11T22:28:52Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-11T22:28:52Z
dc.date.issued 2010-3-19 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Tobias, Carol R., Serena Rajabiun, Julie Franks, Sarah B. Goldenkranz, David N. Fine, Brenda S. Loscher-Hudson, Paul W. Colson, Sharon M. Coleman. "Peer Knowledge and Roles in Supporting Access to Care and Treatment" Journal of Community Health 35(6): 609-617. (2010) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1573-3610 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2144/3304
dc.description.abstract People living with HIV (PLWHIV) have been involved in the continuum of HIV care since the early days of the epidemic providing education and prevention services. There is a growing interest in utilizing HIV positive peers to support access to care and treatment, but little is known about the range of roles these peers perform and what they need to know to do this work. This study of 186 HIV-positive peers currently providing community health services in eight states found that peers perform a wide range of roles, including assistance with care and treatment, emotional support, and service referrals. Over 80% discussed medications with clients. On average, experienced peers provided correct responses to 73% of questions about HIV and AIDS, and 65% of questions about the appropriate role of a peer. Peers living with HIV for more than 5 years, in paid employment with more than a high school education had higher HIV knowledge scores than volunteers. Higher education, length of time living with HIV, age and speaking English as the primary language were associated with higher peer knowledge scores. This study suggests that we cannot assume that peers already working in the field are fully knowledgeable about HIV care and treatment or peer roles. It is important to address gaps in knowledge through continuing education and to create common standards for the training and skills that peers who work in community health settings need to have. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Health Resources and Services Administration, HIV/AIDS Bureau, Division of Training and Technical Assistance (U20HA08557) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Springer US en_US
dc.rights Copyright Tobias et al. 2010 en_US
dc.subject HIV en_US
dc.subject AIDS en_US
dc.subject Peers en_US
dc.subject Training en_US
dc.subject Treatment adherence en_US
dc.subject Community health worker en_US
dc.title Peer Knowledge and Roles in Supporting Access to Care and Treatment en_US
dc.type article en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s10900-010-9250-9 en_US
dc.identifier.pubmedid 20300809 en_US
dc.identifier.pmcid 2993894 en_US


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