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:
  1. Identify the type of group visit (Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, support group, educational).
  2. Identify and train the facilitator(s).
  3. Take care of logistics (space, staffing needs, billing requirements).
  4. Publicize group visits through an appropriate communication channel.
  5. Identify resources in the community that would help in meeting self-management goals, such as a cooking class.
  6. Educate patients and staff on local resources.
  7. 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.



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