First Visit Basics: Initiating Care for the HIV-Infected Patients

Publish date: January 1, 2015
Source: Mountain Plains AIDS Education and Training Center (MPAETC)
Whitney Starr, MS, FNP (Author); Steven Johnson, MD (Author); Lucy Bradley-Springer, PhD, RN, ACRN, FAAN (Editor)

First Visit Basics BrochureThis guide is intended to help clinicians initiate care for HIV-infected patients. As with other chronic conditions, it is important that people living with HIV (PLWH) be seen on an on-going basis and at regular intervals. The first visit provides a critical opportunity to establish rapport for a productive health-care relationship. This guide lays the groundwork for continuing care, provides a succinct description of the initial history and physical, and lists easily accessible resources.

In addition, the MPAETC has provided two sample flow sheets that can be used to document care for your HIV-infected patients. The recommendations provided in the health maintenance flow sheets are based on information from currently available guidelines. The sample flow sheets may be copied or modified for your personal or clinic use. In January 2015 you can begin ordering printed copies from the MPAETC website.

Click here to download the PDF Guide.

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