13-16] Patients LTFU at the Luthando Clinic in a previous study cited logistical and financial reasons for clinic non-attendance, as well as miscommunication concerning the follow-up appointment date.
Patients were excluded if ART was initiated while they were outpatients, if they had been transferred to another hospital or placement facility after inpatient initiation with no follow-up appointment, if they were discharged to follow-up at another community clinic, if they were LTFU while still admitted or if they had previously defaulted ART.
Children with no record of specimen results after transfer out and who were not documented to have died by 31 March 2013 were assumed to be LTFU.
Kaplan-Meier curves were fitted to estimate mortality, LTFU and attrition probabilities during the first 6 months of ART.
In ART programmes across SA, pregnant women are significantly more likely to be LTFU
than their non-pregnant peers.
6%) were LTFU or died prior to enrolment for ART; 12 (22.
6% (23/54) were LTFU or died before enrolment for ART, and 22.
9) A 21% mortality rate was identified among LTFU patients from a large clinic in Johannesburg.
An efficient way to identify and attend to service gaps is to investigate LTFU patients.
A LTFU assessment was performed to coincide with the seventh or eighth anniversary of the first patient visit after enrollment in the original study.
A total of 68% (382/560) of the patients in the original randomized cohort returned for the LTFU visit including 74% (136/184) of the patients originally randomized to Rebif(R) 44 mcg sc tiw.
12,13) Furthermore, evidence suggests heterogeneity in rates of LTFU
for men and women.