Nurse versus doctor management of HIV-infected patients receiving antiretroviral therapy (CIPRA-SA): a randomized non-inferiority trial

Peer reviewed article

Ian Sanne, Catherine Orrell, Matthew P Fox, Francesca Conradie, Prudence Ive, Jennifer Zeinecker, Morna Cornell, Christie Heiberg, Charlotte Ingram, Ravindre Panchia, Mohammed Rassool, René Gonin, Wendy Stevens, Handré Truter, Marjorie Dehlinger, Charles van der Horst, James McIntyre, Robin Wood, for the CIPRA-SA Study Team

Publication details

Number of pages: 8
Publication date: 2010
Languages: English


This randomized non-inferiority trial compares the outcome of ART care provided by Nurses versus the care provided by a doctor to HIV-infected persons in South African primary health clinics.

The results of this study show that care provided by nurses is not inferior to a doctor monitored therapy. Suggesting that access to treatment can be expanded by shifting tasks from doctors to other cadres of health workers in resource poor settings.