Support for cost-effectiveness of home-based care for HIV patients
Sharing two key studies presented at the Int'l AIDS Society Conference in Cape Town. The study from Lesotho and Uganda found that outcomes among HIV patients through home-based care were similar to those receiving clinic-based care. The home-based care model was more cost-effective:
While the differences in treatment outcomes in the patients appear negligible, the number of visits to the facility per patient differed significantly between those in the home-based care group (4.2 visits) and the facility-based group (7.2). The median cost to access care for patients also differed between the two groups with the cost for the home-based group being five times less than that of the facility-based group ($0.50 vs $2.50), rendering greater access to, and affordability of, services through the home-based care programme.
Innovative, cost-effective and patient-friendly methods for delivery of HIV care feasible in resource-limited settings