By Elaine Seeskin
Clinical Care Options HIV marks its sixth year as the official partner of the International AIDS Society (IAS) for online scientific analysis for IAS-convened conferences. Edward King, MA, Vice President of Editorial for Clinical Care Options, and I have led this initiative and are excited to be here as international investigators and policy makers explore how to turn the tide of the international epidemic.
As the International AIDS Conference returns to the United States for the first time in more than two decades, we find ourselves in the midst of rapid changes in the field. Our expert faculty members, Susan Buchbinder, MD; Joel E. Gallant, MD, MPH; Jean B. Nachega, MD, PhD; and Ian M. Sanne, MBBCH, FCP(SA), have carefully reviewed the scientific programme and identified the most clinically significant presentations across a wide range of topics, including clinical trials of antiretroviral agents, prevention, primary infection, cost-effectiveness of therapy, and health disparities in receiving services. During the week, our Web site rolled out Expert Highlights (audio podcasts by faculty summarizing and commenting on data), Capsule Summaries (expertly synopsized data from specific scientific reports), and a comprehensive PowerPoint slideset summarizing the selected studies. Later, the slideset will be reposted with added analysis from Drs. Gallant and Sanne included as slidenotes and certified for continuing education credit.
By posting Capsule Summaries of key data shortly after their presentation and providing clinicians with downloadable conference highlights slides and audio commentary by world-renowned experts, our goals are to extend the reach of the key conference data and also to put those data in clinical context so that healthcare professionals can answer the enduring question, “So what should I do for my patients now?”
Following the conference, we will also integrate potentially practice-changing data from AIDS 2012 into inPractice, our comprehensive and free point-of-care reference resource, available at inPractice.com. inPractice comprises a comprehensive, continually updated online textbook for each of the 3 current specialties (HIV, viral hepatitis, and hematology/oncology) integrated with multiple other databases including a drug reference resource, full-text practice guidelines, PubMed, ClinicalTrials.gov, and CCO Conference Coverage and related CME programs. A search on inPractice simultaneously provides results from all 7 databases, maximizing the chance that users will quickly find the information they are seeking.
Exciting strides are being made in the field, and we look forward to sharing the excitement with our members while providing practical insights into the clinical application of the data.
To access CCO’s official online scientific analysis from AIDS 2012, visit http://clinicaloptions.com/AIDS2012.