Intervention to Close the Digital Divide

Principal Investigator: Seth Kalichman, Ph.D.

Brief Overview

This intervention is designed to improve use of Internet-based health information among individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

Population

Adult men and women living with HIV/AIDS

Core Components of Intervention

  • Mode of Delivery and Duration: 8, 2-hour group sessions conducted across 4 consecutive weeks by 1 female and 1 male counselor (one of whom is an HIV+ peer)
  • Setting: HIV service clinic (Atlanta, GA)
  • Theoretical Basis: Social Cognitive Theory (Bandura, 2001)
  • Materials Available: None

Evidence

Participants were 448 HIV-positive men and women. A randomized controlled trial compared the 8-session Internet information consumer skills to a time-matched support group. The Internet skills group demonstrated greater use of the Internet for health-related information and social support functions and greater information-seeking coping compared to the control group across the 9-month follow-up (Kalichman et al., 2006).

Implementation History

None

Contact Information

Seth Kalichman, Ph.D.
2006 Hillside Rd., U-1248
Storrs, CT 06269
Phone: 860.486.4042
Email: seth.k@uconn.edu