Implementing Women-Centred HIV Care
Toolkits are a popular way to implement healthcare models like WCHC. Research shows that they can be effective in improving health outcomes and encouraging healthcare providers to engage in evidence-based practices.
How were the toolkits developed?
The WCHC toolkits were developed by a multidisciplinary team in collaboration with the Centre for Effective Practice between 2018 and 2020. The team included women living with HIV, researchers, and healthcare and social service providers.
There were four distinct phases to the process: planning, collecting data on needs, content development and testing, and dissemination and evaluation. To learn more about what each of these steps entailed, read on.
Phase 1 / Planning and Preparation
Defining the purpose of the toolkits
Establishing the project's scope and key objectives
Preliminary content development
Phase 2 / Evidence Collection and Needs Assessment
Systematic literature search
Appraising 121 clinical practice guidelines using AGREE II
Scanning environment to identify key stakeholders for usability testing
Phase 3 / Content Development, Prototyping, and Usability Testing
Developing toolkit content
Creating toolkit prototypes
Usability testing with women with HIV and service providers
Incorporating tester feedback
Phase 4 / Dissemination and Implementation Strategy Finalization
Finalizing strategy for dissemination and implementation
Disseminating and implementing toolkits
Evaluating toolkit uptake
Dissemination & Implementation
Here is a brief summary of the strategies employed for dissemination and implementation. These included both passive and active dissemination strategies.
E-mail Launch & Print Materials
The toolkits were launched to an email list during AIDS 2020. English and French flyers, postcards, and posters were distributed to clinics and community-based organizations.
In partnership with CATIE, three national webinars for women with HIV and service providers were held between October 2020 and March 2021.
Project ECHO® Virtual Training
Using the Project ECHO® model, two rounds of virtual training were provided. To learn more about this, see our Project ECHO page.