This work was supported by an East Tennessee State University Research Development Committee Major Grant [Grant number: 20-028 M; IRB number: 0919.8e].
Development of a Survey Tool for Assessing Life Traumas and Barriers to HIV Care in a Center of Excellence for HIV/Aids in Appalachian Tennessee
Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services
Introduction: A culturally competent survey currently does not exist to characterize the burden of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) among a HIV/AIDS population receiving care at a local Center of Excellence (COE).
Methods: A qualitative study was conducted including 11 interviews involving opinions on national surveillance questions to develop a culturally competent survey. Purposive sampling, reactive probing, and analysis of transcribed interviews were completed using structured coding to determine which questions were kept, modified, or removed in the final survey.
Results: The final 55-question survey contained more generalized ACE questions, topics pertaining to barriers to HIV care, and a list that patients could select from to indicate what they need to improve their HIV care.
Conclusion: The final survey provided the opportunity to characterize the burden of ACEs at a COE. Future directions involve piloting the survey as a quality improvement tool with the goal of increasing retention rates through more individualized HIV care.
Loudermilk, Elaine N.; White, Melissa; Turner, Emmitt; Jones, Morgan K.; Mamudu, Hadii M.; Bynum, Lisa; Underwood, Roxanne F.; Dotson, Lynda S.; Adkins, James L.; Bohannon, Joy M.; Mathis, Stephanie M.; Foster, Kelly N.; Pack, Robert; Moorman, Jonathan P.; Zheng, Shimin; and Quinn, Megan A., "Development of a Survey Tool for Assessing Life Traumas and Barriers to HIV Care in a Center of Excellence for HIV/Aids in Appalachian Tennessee" (2021). ETSU Faculty Works. 2.