Australian interdisciplinary healthcare providers' perspectives on the effects of broader pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) access on uptake and service delivery: a qualitative study.
Mattea Lazarou, Lisa Fitzgerald, Melissa Warner, Sandra Downing, Owain D Williams, Charles F Gilks, Darren Russell, Judith A Dean
Sexual Health | Published : 2020
Background The addition of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention to the Australian Government-subsidised Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) enables any doctor or nurse practitioner to prescribe it and has increased accessibility options. However, understanding of Australian healthcare providers' (HCP) knowledge and preparedness to prescribe PrEP remains limited. METHODS: Semistructured interviews, conducted before PBS listing (October 2016-April 2017), explored PrEP knowledge and prescription experiences of 51 multidisciplinary HCPs involved with the Queensland Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Demonstration study. RESULTS: Thematic analysis revealed that participants viewed PrEP as a ..View full abstract