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Patient monitoring guidelines for HIV care and antiretroviral therapy

1 July 2006

ISBN 92 4 159388 1

The Patient monitoring guidelines for HIV care and ART provide an agreed list of essential minimum standard HIV care and ART patient monitoring data elements and their definitions. A patient monitoring system is the backbone of clinical care, treatment and prevention by the clinical team caring for groups of patients. In many health facilities, most HIV care is currently episodic acute care with the exception of TB treatment. Establishing good chronic HIV care including ART requires forming and preparing a clinical team to provide continuity of HIV care. A key element of continuity of care is keeping a record which summarizes each patient's care and allows each health worker or counsellor to understand what has happened before.