Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Who is eligible for the interviews and how can I become a participant?
Recruitment for the interviews on people’s views of HIV and its treatment will start
February 2012. Patients interested in joining the trial should speak to their GP
or consultant in the first instance. Only patients who are over 18 and have been
referred from specific specialised hospital clinics in England* * and who meet
certain diagnostic criteria can be included as participants.
** Homerton, Royal and King’s College Hospitals, North Middlesex Hospital
Who is eligible for the trial and how can I become a participant?
Recruitment for the trial will start August 2012. Patients interested in joining the
trial should speak to their GP or consultant in the first instance. Only patients who
are over 18 and have been referred from specific specialised hospital clinics*** in
England and who meet certain diagnostic criteria can be included in the SUPA
*** Homerton Univiersity Hospital, King's College Hospital, North Middlesex University
Hospital, Queen Elizabeth at Woolwich Hospital, Lewisham Hosptial, St George's Hospital,
Queen Elizabeth Hospital at Birmingham.
Who designed the SUPA trial?
The trial was designed by the principal researchers, all specialists who have years
of experience treating people with HIV and in the management of chronic
Who oversees the SUPA trial?
The SUPA grant is led by Professor Rob Horne, Professor of Behavioural Medicine
at UCL and is hosted by Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.
This is further aided by a trial management group, composed of all the
centre and treatment leaders and statisticians. The study was and is also
subject to a series of independent checks. There was an independent peer review
process when the researchers first applied for funding. Approval for the trial
and for any changes to it are sought from an independent research ethics
committee. There is also a Trial Steering Committee, which has an independent
chair, to ensure that the scientific approach is sound and can deliver the
objectives of the study.
Who is funding the SUPA trial?
The trial is funded by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).