Engage Study Newsletter #4 – Only two months left of study recruitment!

We will be wrapping up our two-year recruitment period at the end of December, 2015.  Please ask anyone you know who may be eligible to give us a call before then so that they can be included in this important research.

So far, we’ve enrolled 86 individuals in the study and done qualitative interviews with 20 of those individuals. Once recruitment wraps up we will be hard at work preparing our results to share with you.

Thank you to all of our community, clinic and research partners across BC for your support of this project and your recruitment efforts. This research would not be possible without you.

Study Components 

Participants complete a 1-hour initial survey and follow-up survey 6 to 12 months later. The survey can be done in-person at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver or over the phone using our toll-free number (1-855-506-8615). Participants receive their choice of a $50 honorarium or entries into a draw for an iPad for each survey.

If you know anyone who may be eligible please pass along our study information. To be eligible, as person needs to be:

  • Over the age of 19,
  • Diagnosed HIV positive,
  • A resident of British Columbia,
  • Comfortable completing the survey in English, and
  • Started taking HAART for the first time within the past year (their first prescription ever, not restarting treatment).

Quick Tips 

for recruiting more
participants in Engage:

  • Share information on the study on your social media channels. See samples below.
  • Remind eligible individuals they will indirectly be helping understand more about people living with HIV and how to best provide support.
  • Let eligible individuals know that our current participants have found the survey to be non-invasive and have enjoyed the opportunity to tell their story.
  • Distribute and share the study poster and postcard available for download. Contact us for hard copies of this material.

Key findings presented at IAS 2015

In July we presented a poster on our preliminary study findings at the International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference in Vancouver. Here are some of the key findings from our poster. To see the full poster, click here.

Study Team  

The study team is made up of Sarah Kesselring, the Project Coordinator, and Chuck Osborne, the Peer Research Associate. We can both be reached toll-free at 1-855-506-8615 (option 2) and [email protected] or [email protected].