Factors Leading to Successful Tracking and Retention of Homeless and Unstably Housed HIV Positive Longitudinal Study Participants
Morton, J. E., Richa, N. R., Digregorio, M. A., & Bibb, B. S. (2008, May). Factors Leading to Successful Tracking and Retention of Homeless and Unstably Housed HIV Positive Longitudinal Study Participants. Presented at IFD&TC 2008, New Orleans, LA.
The goal of the Housing and Health Study was to assess the role of housing in reducing HIV/AIDS transmission and disease progression. This longitudinal study was conducted in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and leading researchers. It had a distinct challenge of tracking and locating participants who were homeless or unstably housed and were also living with HIV/AIDS. The purpose of this paper is to report and critique the relocation strategies employed in this study. Specifically, this paper will identify the factors that contributed to high location/re-interview rates, discuss the retention rate differences across three follow-up waves, three study sites, and two treatment groups, and recommend a set of tracking strategies for future studies of this or other difficult-to-locate populations.