Building Capacity in Health Care Providers to Effectively Communicate Health Risk Information related to HIV with Clients and Patients. Phases 2 and 3

The aim of The Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) is to help combat the spread of HIV by supporting, conducting, and sharing the best research possible. This project will involve a novel analysis of previously conducted focus groups with front-line service providers to help determine the factors that most influence the perception of HIV risk. Our goal is to gain a better understanding of the challenges front-line health providers face when communicating about HIV risk with clients and to develop a formal guide for communicating about HIV risk with clients of differing needs (e.g., health literacy). This project will contribute to providing practical tools that will help front-line service providers build and develop skills in health communication and knowledge translation. This project will inform the development of evidence-based modules that will be distributed via the OHTN as well as publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at academic conferences.

Faculty Supervisor:

Robin Milhausen


Shayna Skakoon-Sparling


Ontario HIV Treatment Network




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University of Guelph



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