Systematic review: Development of a person-centered care framework within the context of HIV treatment settings in sub-Saharan Africa


OBJECTIVES: Person-centred care (PCC) meets the needs of individuals by increasing convenience, providing supportive and culturally appropriate services to diverse populations, and engaging families, communities, and stakeholders in planning and provision of care. While the evidence demonstrates that PCC approaches can lead to clinical improvements across the HIV care continuum, it is not yet well defined in the context of HIV service delivery. METHODS: A systematic review was conducted to define PCC practices for HIV treatment services in health facilities in sub-Saharan Africa. Data synthesis led to the development of a PCC framework including domain and sub-domain development. The study team used the Effective Public Health Project Practice tool for quantitative studies to assess the quality of the included studies. RESULTS: Thirty-one studies from 12 countries met the inclusion criteria, including 56,586 study participants (females 42%100% and males 0%58%), resulting in three major domains and 11 sub-domains. These include staffing (sub-domains of composition, availability, and competency); service delivery standards (sub-domains of client feedback mechanisms; service efficiency and integration; convenience and access; and digital health worker support tools); and direct client support services (sub-domains of psychosocial services, logistics support, client-agency, and digital client support tools). Twenty-five of the person-centred interventions within these domains resulted in improvements in linkage to care, treatment retention, and/or viral suppression. CONCLUSIONS: The PCC framework can help to provide a more consistent classification of HIV treatment interventions and will support improved assessment of these interventions to ensure that people receive personalised care.


Duffy M, Madevu-Matson C, Posner JE, Zwick H, Sharer M, Powell AM




  • Epidemiology and Determinants of Health
    • Determinants of Health
  • Determinants of Health
    • Social support
    • Health services
  • Population(s)
    • General HIV+ population
  • Prevention, Engagement and Care Cascade
    • Engagement and Care Cascade
  • Engagement and Care Cascade
    • Treatment


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