Task shifting from doctors to non-doctors for initiation and maintenance of antiretroviral therapy
CITATION: Kredo, T. et al. 2014. Task shifting from doctors to non-doctors for initiation and maintenance of antiretroviral therapy. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 7:CD007331, doi:10.1002/14651858.CD007331.pub3.
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Background: The high levels of healthcare worker shortage is recognised as a severe impediment to increasing patients’ access to antiretroviral therapy. This is particularly of concern where the burden of disease is greatest and the access to trained doctors is limited.This review aims to better inform HIV care programmes that are currently underway, and those planned, by assessing if task-shifting care from doctors to non-doctors provides both high quality and safe care for all patients requiring antiretroviral treatment. Objectives: To evaluate the quality of initiation and maintenance of HIV/AIDS care in models that task shift care from doctors to non-doctors.