AIDS Research and Treatment

Using Mobile Health (mHealth) Technology to Improve HIV Care for Persons Living with HIV and Substance Abuse


Publishing date
16 Aug 2013
Status
Published
Submission deadline
29 Mar 2013

1Department of Epidemiology, School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA

2Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA

3Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA

4Division of Infectious Diseases, The Miriam Hospital/Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI, USA


Using Mobile Health (mHealth) Technology to Improve HIV Care for Persons Living with HIV and Substance Abuse

Description

Numerous observational studies suggest that illicit drug users have inferior HIV treatment outcomes compared to other risk groups. Persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and substance abuse have been reported to have delayed HIV diagnosis, poorer linkage and engagement in HIV care, greater difficulties with adherence, poorer virological responses, and reduced survival. Substance use may often be associated with other barriers to optimal care (e.g., mental illness, financial and legal difficulties, and inadequate housing and transportation). Clinic-based, individualized support delivered by case managers or patient navigators improves engagement in HIV care but requires substantial resources. Novel, evidence-based strategies are needed to identify substance-using at-risk persons, promote engagement in HIV care, enhance adherence, and improve treatment responses.

Mobile health (mHealth) technologies can collect real-time, patient-level data and facilitate responsive, interactive communication. Weekly text messages have improved adherence and viral suppression. mHealth holds promise for optimizing HIV care and adherence for drug users. Despite enthusiasm for these increasingly available and affordable tools, the evidence base to support implementation of mHealth in HIV care is limited, particularly among PLWHA and substance abuse. We invite original research and review articles that will stimulate efforts to understand the barriers and identify appropriate solutions for using mHealth to improve HIV care outcomes among marginalized, substance-using PLWHA. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Quantitative and qualitative assessments of the need and acceptability of mHealth in HIV-infected substance users
  • Ecological momentary assessment (EMA) studies of craving, use, or relapse to illicit drug use
  • Theoretical frameworks for using mHealth for interventions to prevent nonadherence or drug use
  • Methodological gaps and challenges in mHealth implementation
  • Pilot studies and randomized trials of mHealth interventions for improving engagement, adherence, and treatment responses
  • Use of technology to characterize geographic or neighborhood influences on HIV risk or treatment-related behavior

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 194613
  • - Editorial

Using Mobile Health Technology to Improve HIV Care for Persons Living with HIV and Substance Abuse

Gregory D. Kirk | Seth S. Himelhoch | ... | Curt G. Beckwith
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 594671
  • - Research Article

The Exposure Assessment in Current Time Study: Implementation, Feasibility, and Acceptability of Real-Time Data Collection in a Community Cohort of Illicit Drug Users

Gregory D. Kirk | Beth S. Linas | ... | Andrew Genz
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 189645
  • - Review Article

Ethical Issues in mHealth Research Involving Persons Living with HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse

Alain B. Labrique | Gregory D. Kirk | ... | Maria W. Merritt
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 231956
  • - Research Article

Smartphone Delivery of Mobile HIV Risk Reduction Education

Karran A. Phillips | David H. Epstein | ... | Kenzie L. Preston
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 585143
  • - Clinical Study

Preliminary Evidence for Feasibility, Use, and Acceptability of Individualized Texting for Adherence Building for Antiretroviral Adherence and Substance Use Assessment among HIV-Infected Methamphetamine Users

David J. Moore | Jessica L. Montoya | ... | The TMARC Group
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 670525
  • - Research Article

Acceptability of Mobile Phone Technology for Medication Adherence Interventions among HIV-Positive Patients at an Urban Clinic

Christopher W. T. Miller | Seth Himelhoch
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 547381
  • - Clinical Study

Information and Communication Technology to Link Criminal Justice Reentrants to HIV Care in the Community

Ann Kurth | Irene Kuo | ... | Curt G. Beckwith
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 957862
  • - Research Article

Feasibility and Acceptability of a Real-Time Adherence Device among HIV-Positive IDU Patients in China

Mary Bachman DeSilva | Allen L. Gifford | ... | Lora Sabin
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 121352
  • - Research Article

Engagement in HIV Medical Care and Technology Use among Stimulant-Using and Nonstimulant-Using Men who have Sex with Men

Keith J. Horvath | Adam W. Carrico | ... | Andy E. Petroll
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