Delivering mental health care to HIV-positive individual: A comparison of two models

Maria F. Gomez, David A. Klein, Shara Sand, Mari Marconi, Mary Alice O'Dowd

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Abstract

Data on initial psychiatric evaluations performed in 1995 were compared to assess whether psychiatric consultation for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) patients provided on-site in an infectious disease (ID) clinic improved compliance and were preferred by staff to evaluations performed in a specialized AIDS psychiatric program. Compliance with initial appointments remained below 50% in both settings, but more patients seen in the ID clinic had received prior psychiatric treatment and medication and they were more likely to receive a psychotropic prescription at this initial visit. The ID clinic staff preferred on-site consultations. Stationing psychiatric consultants in the ID clinic may reach a more impaired population but did not improve compliance with the initial visit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-324
Number of pages4
JournalPsychosomatics
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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