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Table 2 Methods and professionals involved in the LTFU patients’ reengagement

From: Strategies to reengage patients lost to follow up in HIV care in high income countries, a scoping review

Intervention/Professional Description (reference) n (%)
Identification of LTFU and contacting method - Distribution of flyers/brochures distributed to participants (29,38,44) 3 (10)
- Coordination with other services (i.e. jails, pharmacies, hospitalization units) [25, 27, 28, 37, 38, 49] 6 (21)
- Sending messages and contacting close relatives [24, 25, 30] 3 (11)
- Home/field visit to the last known address [23,24,25,26, 28, 31,32,33, 48] 9 (32)
- Internet searches and/or secondary database searches [25,26,27,28, 32, 33, 41, 45, 47,48,49] 11 (39)
- Listing patients who meet LTFU criteria [23, 27, 30, 32, 34,35,36,37, 40, 41, 47, 50] 12 (43)
- Post-mail letter/email [23,24,25,26, 28, 31, 34, 35, 40, 41, 43, 48, 49] 13 (46)
- Use of electronic databases to confirm status [23,24,25,26,27,28, 30,31,32,33,34,35,36, 39,40,41,42, 45,46,47,48,49,50] 23 (82)
- Calling patients by phone [23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38, 40,41,42,43, 46, 48,49,50] 23 (82)
Professionals involved (as reported in the records found) - Nurses [50] 1 (4)
- Social workers [30, 46] 2 (7)
- Outreach coordinator [24, 43] 2 (8)
- Peer mentor/partner advocates [29, 38, 48] 3 (8)
- Disease intervention/linkage specialist [25, 28, 31, 41, 51]* 5 (21)
- Not specified [35, 36, 40, 42, 44, 49] 6 (21)
- Counsellors/patients navigators/field workers [23, 26, 27, 32,33,34, 37, 43, 47] 9 (24)
  1. * In some cases, reengagement activities were shared among DIS and other professionals like Social Workers