Measuring the Effects of Childhood Trauma in HIV Primary Care

Academic Article


  • This quality improvement pilot screened 60 people living with HIV for childhood trauma using the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) questionnaire. Antiretroviral adherence and substance use were compared between 2 ACE scoring groups 0 to 3 and 4 to 10, because scoring 4 and higher reflects complex trauma. Higher ACE scores correlated with increased substance use and suboptimal antiretroviral adherence. This project supports the need for childhood trauma screening and implementation of a trauma-informed approach to care.
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    Author List

  • Peck AE; Lambert CC; Dobbs GC
  • Start Page

  • 116
  • End Page

  • 118
  • Volume

  • 17
  • Issue

  • 1