Behavioural Text Messages to Improve Retention in Care in South Africa

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    Not Recruiting
  • participants needed
    3200
  • sponsor
    University of Pennsylvania
Updated on 15 August 2022

Summary

The proportion of South Africans aware of their HIV status and on treatment remains lower than optimal. The goal of this study is to rapidly determine whether text messages framed according to behavioural economics principles increase clinic attendance among recipients of care on antiretroviral therapy in South Africa. We hypothesize that messages incorporating behavioural economics principles will increase the likelihood of recipients of care attending clinic appointments and returning within 28 days of a missed appointment.

Description

The objective of this study is to rapidly determine whether text messages framed according to behavioural economics principles increase the likelihood that recipients of care attend their clinic appointment and return to clinic within 28 days of a missed appointment. The study will be nested in a routine HIV program, in approximately 5 selected Aurum Institute clinics based in Ekurhuleni district, Gauteng province, South Africa.

Intervention arms will include voice call attempts and one-way text messages sent by clinic staff to recipients of care in two scenarios: 1) Approximately 3-7 days in advance of a clinic appointment for collecting antiretroviral medication supplies or collection of a specimen for viral load testing and 2) Approximately 24 hours after a missed clinic appointment.

This individually randomised trial will have four arms. Each time there is an upcoming or missed clinic visit clinic staff will randomly assign recipients of care to one of the following study arms: 1) Standard of Care 2) Loss aversion framed messaging 3) Social norms framed messaging or 4) Altruism framed messaging.

Details
Condition HIV/AIDS
Treatment Standard of Care (SOC) text message reminder to attend clinic appointment, Loss aversion framed text message reminder to attend clinic appointment, Social norms framed text message reminder to attend clinic appointment, Altruism framed text message reminder to attend clinic appointment
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05010291
SponsorUniversity of Pennsylvania
Last Modified on15 August 2022

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