Case Management: Patient Adherence to ART for Social Workers

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Course description


Case Management: Patient Adherence to ART for Social Workers
(New 3-day Course)

Main Learning Objectives
  • Learn about the current HIV/AIDS epidemiological situation
  • Acquire basic knowledge about HIV infection, ART, and adherence to therapy
  • Study main principles of HIV/AIDS case management
  • Study various case management models
  • Learn about factors affecting patient adherence to treatment and methods for improving adherence
  • Study problems of stigmatization, social ostracism, and discrimination against PLWH and ways to combat these
  • Learn about typical problems faced by PLWH and how to evaluate a patient’s condition and situation
  • Learn to develop a case management plan and determine priorities
  • Learn about issues in monitoring and evaluating the quality and efficacy of actions taken during case management
  • Learn to ensure continuity of care
  • Understand the nature of burnout syndrome and ways to prevent it
  • Learn approaches to working with PLWH and bringing them into care programs
  • Understand the importance of teamwork in PLWH case management and study approaches to improve cooperation among different services
  • Acquire skills for working effectively in a multidisciplinary team
  • Learn to apply the knowledge gained in practical settings
Key Topics

HIV epidemic in Russia and other countries in the region; case management goals, objectives, and models; role of case managers; forms/types of care; opportunities and
limitations; basic knowledge about HIV; fundamentals of ART; ART adherence; medical, psychological, and social problems faced by PLWH; crises and stages of adaptation; stigma and discrimination; components/standards of care; service plans; evaluating case acuteness and complexity; evaluating case manager load; establishing trust with patients; burnout syndrome and prevention; adherence, obstacles, and steps to enhance it; providing ART to drug users; case management tools; stages of change and the transtheoretical model of evaluation; confidentiality and legal issues; building a network of cooperating services for providing care to PLWH

Basis of Curriculum,
Key Teaching Documents, and Materials Provided 
  • Medical and Social Support for PLWH and Members of Their Families (UNICEF, Moscow, 2006)
  • Standards for HIV/AIDS Case Management, New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute (2006)
  • Practice Standards and Administrative Guidelines for HIV-Related Case Management, Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services (March 2003).
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations and other international recommendations which have been translated into Russian – PSI.
  • Relevant national protocols and policies
  • Set of slides and handouts
All materials available printed or electronically
Teaching Methods Lectures, small group instruction, role play, discussions, and clinical case studies;
participant knowledge and skills are evaluated during the course
Target Audience Social work specialists, social workers, and psychologists working with PLWH and high-risk groups
Maximum class size: 18-24 participants
Faculty National and international instructors with expertise in case management for PLWH
Duration 3-day course at a healthcare facility providing psycho-social services for PLWH