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CSON honor student published

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03/21/12

Julie Visk B.S.’10 co-authored a policy brief and manuscript titled ‘Recommendations and reality: Perceived patient, provider, and policy barriers to implementing routine HIV screening and proposed solutions’ with four authors including her Boston College mentor, Associate Professor Rosanna DeMarco. The policy brief and manuscript were published in Nursing Outlook, the scholarly journal of the American Academy of Nursing.

As a co-author Visk led the review of the literature addressing the CDC's recommendation in 2006 for routine HIV testing for the general public. The manuscript and policy brief were supported by the Expert Panel on Emerging and Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Nursing, which Dr. DeMarco co-chairs.

While Visk graduated in 2010, the bulk of her work on this project was done while she was still an undergraduate student, an impressive feat.

Read the abstract for ‘Recommendations and reality: Perceived patient, provider, and policy barriers to implementing routine HIV screening and proposed solutions’ below.

Abstract:

In 2006, the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) released recommendations calling for routine HIV testing to be offered to those ages 13 to 64 as a standard of general health care. This recommendation included a plan to conduct HIV testing as part of a general consent. The reasoning and evidence for this recommendation is supported by experts, patients, and sponsored screenings by the CDC. The rationale behind this approach includes that knowledge of one’s HIV status helps (1) infected individuals adopt risk-reduction behaviors and access to life-prolonging treatment and (2) uninfected individuals maintain behaviors that reduce their risk of becoming infected. This article discusses the perceived patient, provider, and policy barriers to implementing routine HIV screening and proposed solutions that can be part of a nurse-led contribution to develop and adopt innovative, patient-centered care models that can address the need for screening.

Citation: DeMarco, R.F., Bradley Springer, L., Gallagher, D., Jones, S.G., & Visk, J. (2012). Recommendations and reality: Perceived patient, provider, and policy barriers to implementing routine HIV-screening and proposed solutions. Nursing Outlook, 60(2), 72-80.