Research capacity-building program for clinicians and staff at a community-based HIV clinic in Uganda: A pre/post evaluation

Post Date: 
2012-10-01
Publication: 
Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
Summary: 
Developing capacity for HIV research and clinical practice is critically needed in resource-limited countries. The purpose of this study was to evaluate a research capacity building program for community-based participants in preparation and conduct of mHealth interventions. A descriptive, cross-sectional design was used. Participants completed self-report surveys at three time points. Thirty-three participated in the situational analysis and all (100%) felt that the research training was needed. For the interim evaluation, over 96.8% (n=30) reported increased knowledge and confidence and attributed this to the training. Fourteen participants completed the final evaluation. Dedicated time from work was an important factor to facilitate recruitment and data collection followed by financial incentives to commute to data collection sites. Expertise through supervision and mentorship for participants and sustained funding for research projects are critical to innovation for improved HIV prevention and care outcomes.
Citation: 
Njie-Carr V1, Kalengé S, Kelley J, Wilson A, Muliira JK, Nabirye RC, Glass N, Bollinger R, Alamo-Talisuna S, Chang LW. Research capacity-building program for clinicians and staff at a community-based HIV clinic in Uganda: A pre/post evaluation. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2012 Sep-Oct;23(5):431-41. doi: 10.1016/j.jana.2011.11.002.
Collaborators: 
  • School of Nursing, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • Reach Out Mbuya, Kampala, Uganda
  • President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, Ssanje/Rakai District, Uganda
  • Makerere University Department of Nursing, Kampala, Uganda
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, MA