Research in the last 3 years

Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre has a strong track record of research.  Past research includes:

  1. Outcomes of TB suspects screened using a single point-of-care Xpert MTB/RIF Assay as the routine initial diagnostic. Click
  2. Patient retention from HIV diagnosis through one year on antiretroviral therapy at a primary healthcare clinic. Click
  3. Retention of pregnant women ≥36 weeks’ gestation attending antenatal care and receiving HAART in accordance with Option B+ guidelines. Click
  4. Loss to follow-up before and after delivery among women testing HIV-positive during pregnancy. Click
  5. Reduced loss to ART initiation among patients initiating cotrimoxazole prophylaxis therapy. Click
  6. Initiating ART when presenting with higher CD4 counts results in reduced loss to follow-up under South Africa’s 2010 revised antiretroviral therapy guidelines.
  7. Cervical cancer screening.
  8. HIV drug resistance testing.
  9. The impact of combination antiretroviral therapy initiation on adherence to anti-tuberculosis treatment in order to examine the impact of universal primary care clinic-based testing for tuberculosis and HIV, with particular emphasis on linkage of diagnosis to provision of treatment and care, as well as reduction of loss to follow-up.
  10. Point-of-care Xpert MTB/RIF for assessment of smear-negative TB suspects suspects at a primary care clinic. Click
  11. A project examining the impact of mental health screening prior to HIV testing and the relationship to linkage to care, focusing on identifying mental health barriers to engagement in care among HIV-infected adults, with secondary outcomes including adherence to later clinic visits as well as ART uptake for eligible patients.
  12. A home tracing program for contacts of people with tuberculosis or HIV and patients lost to care. Click
  13. Community based Intensified Case Finding Targeting Household Contacts of TB and HIV Patients in Urban South Africa (20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) March 2013, Atlanta, USA).
  14. Quantitative Xpert MTB/RIF and the Role of HIV among a Cohort of TB Suspects: South Africa (20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) March 2013, Atlanta, USA).
  15. Implementation of Xpert MTB/RIF for routine point-of-care diagnosis of tuberculosis at the primary care level.. Click
  16. Xpert MTB/RIF as a measure of sputum bacillary burden: variation by HIV status and immunosuppression. Click
  17. Implementation of a safer conception service for HIV-affected couples in South Africa. Click
  18. “What They Wanted Was to Give Birth; Nothing Else”: Barriers to Retention in Option B+ HIV Care Among Postpartum Women in South Africa. Click