A system dynamics model of the continuum of care for HIV
Operations Research — often referred to as the “Science of Better” — uses Mathematics to improve the efficiency of everything from the operation of airlines to hospitals. In collaboration with the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS at St. Paul’s Hospital and Merck Frosst, this project will use Operations Research to improve the treatment and care of HIV/AIDS patients in British Columbia. The delivery of care to HIV/AIDS patients is a complex process. It begins with the diagnosis through testing of at risk individuals, as well as the identification of potential contacts from whom they may have either been infected or to whom they may have passed on the disease. After diagnosis, patients receive a clinical assessment and then treatment with highly active retroviral therapy is started. During treatment, it is important that the physician work with the patient to maintain optimal adherence to therapy. With optimal delivery of care, it is possible to improve the health of patients living with HIV/AIDS and limit the spread of the epidemic.