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Factors related to medical appointment attendance after childbirth among HIV-infected women in the Paris region.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17453568     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examined factors related to medical appointment attendance after childbirth among HIV-infected women in the Paris region. We hypothesized that despite regular utilization of prenatal care, many women may not attend medical appointments after delivery for their own HIV infection. This was an observational cohort study of HIV-seropositive women delivering in four Paris hospitals in 2001. Follow-up attendance through 24 months after delivery was defined as 'regular' for women who had > or =4 HIV visits during the period, 'irregular' for <4 visits in the 24-months period and/or a gap between two visits >12 months, and 'no attendance' when < or =1 visit in the 2-year period. Of 169 women enrolled, 125 (75%) had regular attendance, 24 (14%) had irregular attendance, and 18 (11%) had no attendance. Multivariate analysis found the greater number of HIV visits during pregnancy and the prescription of combination therapy (versus zidovudine monotherapy) during pregnancy to be significantly related to regular attendance. Of the 18 women who had no attendance, 8 women (47%) continued to attend regular paediatric appointments with their infants during the 24-month period. Scheduling more frequent HIV visits during pregnancy may establish a pattern that will improve attendance during the post-partum period. In addition, increased communication between the health care providers of the mother and child may increase appointment attendance following delivery.
D Lemly; L Mandelbrot; F Meier; G Firtion; S Matheron; V Jeantils; T A Scott
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  AIDS care     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0954-0121     ISO Abbreviation:  AIDS Care     Publication Date:  2007 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-04-24     Completed Date:  2007-07-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8915313     Medline TA:  AIDS Care     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  346-54     Citation Subset:  IM; X    
Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris, Hôpital Louis Mourier, Service de Gynecologie-Obstretrique, Colombes, France.
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MeSH Terms
Ambulatory Care / utilization*
Anti-Retroviral Agents / therapeutic use*
Cohort Studies
HIV Infections / drug therapy*
Paris / epidemiology
Patient Compliance
Postnatal Care / utilization*
Pregnancy Complications, Infectious
Retrospective Studies
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0/Anti-Retroviral Agents

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