Inform and engage staff

New initiatives that add extra tasks and procedures to an already tight schedule may understandably lead to some resistance from already overstretched staff at health care settings. Information about the scientific rational and potential benefits of multiple disease testing may pave the way for staff engagement. Another way forward is to make sure that relevant clinical guidelines include recommendations to test or the relevant diseases. Here are some ideas and resources to kick-start the process:

  • Give a short presentation on integrated testing HIV - Hep C at your regular staff meeting [Slide set]
  • Map knowledge and attitudes of staff and feedback the results [Staff questionnaire from Lithuania]
  • Audit current testing practices to have a baseline to measure progress against [audit tool]
  • Visualize the initiative with info-sheets to all staff [Lithuania materials to doctors]
  • Review relevant national specialty guidelines and map current recommendations to offer testing [review methodology]