Using a Social Ecological Model to Facilitate Adoption of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis

To maximize its prevention potential, the public health impact of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) requires an approach that will lead to: 1) large-scale adoption among eligible populations and 2) identification of current gaps among prescribers. 

UB Principal Investigator: Sarahmona Przybyla, PhD, MPH

Funding Agency: New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute

Period: 6/2017 – 5/2018

Abstract: To maximize its prevention potential, the public health impact of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) requires an approach that will lead to: 1) large-scale adoption among eligible populations and 2) identification of current gaps among prescribers. The social ecological model serves as the conceptual framework for assessing patient and provider perspectives related to PrEP uptake.

The Specific Aims are: 

  1. To assess perceived determinants of PrEP uptake among current prescribers
  2. To examine  facilitators and barriers to PrEP among potential prescribers
  3. To examine the experiences of PrEP adoption among current users
  4. To explore the beliefs and attitudes regarding PrEP uptake among potential candidates