Funding for this research was provided by:
South African Medical Research Council
Africa Population and Health Research Center (ADDRF)
Social Innovation in Public Health Impulse
Received: 20 July 2017
Accepted: 2 May 2018
First Online: 25 May 2018
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: This study is part of a larger project “A realist evaluation of the antiretroviral treatment adherence club programme in selected primary health care facilities in the metropolitan area of Western Cape Province, South Africa” which has received ethics clearance from the University of the Western Cape Research Ethics Committee (UWC REC) (Registration No: 15/6/28). The University’s research ethics committees are registered with the National Health Research Ethics Committee in South Africa.We also obtained written permission from each of the facilities and ART departments where we conducted the non-participant observations. The 12 interview participants were obtained by purposive sampling and snowballing. We explained the study aim and objectives to the potential participants and asked them to sign a consent form before their participation in the interview sessions.In addition, we used codes to report the findings of the study and safely stored the data to ensure that the informants were kept anonymous and their information confidential. While conducting the document review, we followed the relevant standards of utility, usefulness, feasibility, propriety, accuracy, and accountability. The study findings will be shared with the HAST Directorate in a feedback meeting.
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