Innovation in Evaluating the Impact of Integrated Service-Delivery: The Integra Indexes of HIV and Reproductive Health Integration

Posted by Share-Net NL on February 3, 2016 at 5:32 am

Using multiple data sources in combination with statistical modelling the aim of this study is to develop a measure of HIV-reproductive health (HIV-RH) service integration that can be used to assess the degree of service integration, and the degree to which integration may have health benefits to clients, or reduce service costs.

Conclusions These Indexes are an important methodological contribution for evaluating complex multiservice interventions. They help address the need to broaden traditional evaluations of integrated HIV-RH care through the incorporation of a functional integration measure, to avoid misleading conclusions on its ‘impact’ on health outcomes. This is particularly important for decision-makers seeking to promote integration in resource constrained environments.

Author: Susannah H. Mayhew, George B. Ploubidis, Andy Sloggett, Kathryn Church, Carol D. Obure, Isolde Birdthistle, Sedona Sweeney, Charlotte E. Warren, Charlotte Watts, Anna Vassall, Integra Initiative
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