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Table 1 Selected ART access and retention indicators

From: From policy to practice: exploring the implementation of antiretroviral therapy access and retention policies between 2013 and 2016 in six sub-Saharan African countries

Policies Themes in the conceptual framework Indicators
ART access Service access and coverage Proportion of facilities providing ART at no cost
Proportion of facilities allowing clinical officers and nurses or midwives to initiate ART
Quality of care Proportion of facilities providing ART training and refresher courses regularly to health care workers
Proportion of facilities conducting supervisory visits regularly
Median number of nurses providing HIV care
Proportion of facilities with reliable stock levels of ART in the past year
Proportion of facilities with reliable stock levels of isoniazid preventive therapy (IPT) in the past year
Medical management Proportion of facilities requiring no laboratory tests before ART initiation
Proportion of facilities using WHO ART eligibility threshold as the standard for initiating ART
Proportion of facilities providing IPT to ART patients
Proportion of facilities conducting tuberculosis (TB) screening at every visit
Proportion of facilities providing WHO recommended first-line ART regimen
Retention in care Coordination of care and patient tracking Proportion of facilities integrating TB and HIV services
Proportion of facilities providing three month ART refills
Proportion of facilities conducting pill count in every visit
Support to people living with HIV Proportion of facilities conducting home visits or making calls or sending text messages to patients with suboptimal adherence
Proportion of facilities conducting home visit or making calls or sending text messages to patients who have missed their visits
Proportion of facilities encouraging ART patients to join a peer support group
Proportion of facilities encouraging ART patients to enrol for home based care
Proportion of facilities providing dietary supplements to undernourished patients