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BackgroundThe clinical care of people living with HIV changed fundamentally as a result of the development of effective antiretroviral therapy (ART). HIV infection is now a long-term treatable condition. We report a national audit to assess adherence to British HIV Association guidelines for the routine investigation and monitoring of adult HIV-1-infected individuals.MethodsAll UK sites known as providers of adult HIV outpatient services were invited to complete a case-note review and a brief survey of local clinic practices. Participating sites were asked to randomly select 50-100 adults, who attended for specialist HIV care during 2014 and/or 2015. Each site collected data electronically using a self-audit spreadsheet tool. This included demographic details (gender, ethnicity, HIV exposure, and age) and whether 22 standardised and pre-defined clinical audited outcomes had been recorded.ResultsData were collected on 8258 adults from 123 sites, representing approximately 10% of people living with HIV reported in public health surveillance as attending UK HIV services. Sexual health screening was provided within 96.4% of HIV services, cervical cytology and influenza vaccination within 71.4% of HIV services. There was wide variation in resistance testing across sites. Only 44.9% of patients on ART had a documented 10-year CVD risk within the past three years and fracture risk had been assessed within the past three years for only 16.7% patients aged over 50 years.ConclusionsThere was high participation in the national audit and good practice was identified in some areas. However improvements can be made in monitoring of cardiovascular risk, bone and sexual health.

Original publication

DOI

10.1186/s12879-017-2708-y

Type

Journal article

Journal

BMC infectious diseases

Publication Date

13/09/2017

Volume

17

Addresses

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Pond Street, London, NW3 2QG, United Kingdom. aoifemolloy@nhs.net.

Keywords

BHIVA Audit and Standards Sub-Committee, Humans, HIV-1, Hepatitis A, HIV Infections, Cardiovascular Diseases, Ambulatory Care, Health Care Surveys, Risk Factors, Drug Resistance, Viral, Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Middle Aged, Guideline Adherence, Female, Male, Public Health Surveillance, United Kingdom