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ASPPH Friday Letter: ICAP Study First to Estimate Time Spent on Cardiovascular Disease Screening within HIV Services
A pioneering study by researchers from ICAP at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health identified key challenges to integrating cardiovascular disease risk factor (CVDRF) screening into HIV clinic visits in low-resource settings.
The report, titled “A time‐motion study of cardiovascular disease risk factor screening integrated into HIV clinic visits in Swaziland,” published in the Journal of the International AIDS Society, found that integrating screening for CVDRF such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, and smoking tripled the length of HIV clinic visits, although it did not reduce the time spent on HIV care. All patients interviewed after receiving CVDRF screening said they would recommend screening to others.