Development and Cultural Adaptation of a Computer-Delivered and Multi-Component Alcohol Reduction Intervention for Russian Women Living with HIV and HCV

Jennifer L. Brown, Iakovos Anastasakis, Natalia Revzina, Ariadna Capasso, Ekaterina Boeva, Vadim Rassokhin, Adrienne Crusey, Jessica M. Sales, Anthony Hitch, Tiffaney Renfro, Ralph J. DiClemente

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Abstract

Background: There is elevated prevalence of problem drinking among Russian women living with HIV and HCV co-infection. This paper describes the development and cultural adaptation of a multi-component alcohol reduction intervention incorporating a brief, computer-delivered module for Russian women living with HIV and HCV co-infection. Methods: The format and content of the intervention were adapted to be linguistic-, cultural-, and gender-appropriate using the ADAPT-ITT framework. A computer-delivered module and brief clinician-delivered individual and telephone sessions were developed. Results: We describe the theoretical foundations of the intervention, the cultural adaptation of the intervention, and overview the content of the intervention’s multiple components. Discussion: Interventions to reduce alcohol use that can be integrated within Russian HIV treatment centers are urgently needed. If efficacious, the culturally-adapted intervention offers the promise of a cost-effective, easily disseminated intervention approach for Russian women living with HIV/HCV co-infection engaging in problematic alcohol use.

Keywords

  • Alcohol reduction intervention
  • HCV
  • HIV
  • Russian women
  • computerized intervention
  • multi-component intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases

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