Use Planned Visits in the Individual or Group Setting to Support Self-Management for HIV
A "planned visit" refers to a pre-scheduled, coordinated visit in which the agenda is determined by the needs of the patient with HIV/AIDS disease. Planned visits are conducted in both the individual and group settings, depending on the type and purpose of the visit. "Group visit" refers to a pre-scheduled visit that includes 8 to 20 patients. Groups range from those providing medical care in a group setting to those led by laypeople to provide emotional support.
Specifically for planned group visits:
- Identify the type of group visit (Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, support group, educational).
- Identify and train the facilitator(s).
- Take care of logistics (space, staffing needs, billing requirements).
- Publicize group visits through an appropriate communication channel.
- Identify resources in the community that would help in meeting self-management goals, such as a cooking class.
- Educate patients and staff on local resources.
- Involve peer educators. Link patients to peer educators as appropriate.
- Assess cultural/ethnic needs and identify appropriate methods and materials for patient education.
- Be sure to assess patient comfort with planned group visits. This setting may not be appropriate in some situations because of confidentiality needs.
- Contact health centers and clinics that have been conducting group visits for "lessons learned" about the logistics of scheduling, rooms, etc. Include administration in the planning.
- Let the group determine the content of sessions. Leaders can monitor the content to ensure that critical information is covered.
- Make reminder calls.
- Provide a meal.
- Use lay people as leaders.
- Anticipate patients' needs for transportation and childcare.