SLAM Project - Second-Level Diagnostic Assessment: Multidisciplinary approach to HIV Patients

C.I.S.A.I. Group, Antonio Di Biagio, Paolo Bonfanti, Giordano Madeddu, Giuseppe De Socio, Paolo Maggi, Francesca Vichi, Canio Martinelli, Barbara Menzaghi, Giancarlo Orofino, Nicola Squillace, Elena Ricci, Benedetto Acone, Tiziana Quirino

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The aim of the study is to propose a multidimensional second-level diagnostic assessment to allow follow- up in the event physicians observe the presence of risk factors and/or active co-morbidities in HIV-infected patients. To develop our proposal, we chose the Delphi method that has been used for about 30 years in the healthcare field. The CISAI Group (Coordinamento Italiano per lo Studio dell'Allergia in Infezione da HIV) conducted this study. The first phase of the study provided identification of the questionnaire for second-level diagnostic assessment of HIV-infected patients. From March to July 2018 the questionnaire was submitted to 48 experts from 10 Italian HIV-dedicated sites. The questionnaire consisted of 102 items divided into 7 survey areas. The results can be summarized as follows: infectious disease diagnostics, 18 items reached agreement in 9 cases; osteoporosis diagnostics 12 items with 3 agreements; metabolic and cardiovascular diagnostics 13 items with 4 agreements; nephrology diagnostics 19 items with 8 agreements; hepatology diagnostics 12 items with 9 agreements; CNS diagnostics: 18 items with 7 agreements; psychological diagnostics and quality of life assessment (QoL) 10 items with no agreement. If these considerations are confirmed in required discussions and in-depth analyses, they will be able to produce an important indication in the drafting of national guidelines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-155
Number of pages6
JournalThe new microbiologica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2019


  • Delphi Method
  • HIV infection
  • Multidimensional second-level diagnostic assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)

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    C.I.S.A.I. Group, Di Biagio, A., Bonfanti, P., Madeddu, G., De Socio, G., Maggi, P., Vichi, F., Martinelli, C., Menzaghi, B., Orofino, G., Squillace, N., Ricci, E., Acone, B., & Quirino, T. (2019). SLAM Project - Second-Level Diagnostic Assessment: Multidisciplinary approach to HIV Patients. The new microbiologica, 42(3), 150-155.