A study of the social integration and medical following of patients with HIV/AIDS.
Morocco (IFMSA-Morocco), Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Rabat, Rabat
Infectious Diseases
Medical Department A, Ibn Sina hospital, Souissi Rabat.
Mohamed Adnaoui
Hicham Harmouche;
English, French
4 weeks
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Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project without Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
For decades, Morocco has seen a huge expansion in the number of people affected by HIV/AIDS, for that we decided to set up reference centers for HIV/AIDS by region. Our service is that of the Rabat Salé Kenitra region, we take care of the affected patients to follow them throughout the progression of the disease. We provide them with psychological assistance but also on their physical condition because the triple therapy is provided to them free of charge. Since HIV/AIDS is still a taboo subject in our population, we are studying the integration and experience of the disease, but also the patients' drug response and resistance, and how to cure a patient's resistance to medication.
What is the aim of the project?
The aim is to study the social and psychological impact of HIV/AIDS and patients’s responses to the treatment so as to help said patients psychologically but also to prevent resistance and further dissemination.
What techniques and methods are used?
Collection of data through a survey or by directly questioning the patients (general health questions, mainly about the psychological impact of HIV on their daily lives and their interaction with society, and the physical impact of both HIV before and after the treatment) and Analysis of Epidemiologic, therapeutic and immuno-urologic collected data using the SPSS data analysis software.
What is the role of the student?
- The student will observe the practical experiments but will be highly involved in the analysis of the results
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
The student is to help in constructing the final questionnaire through a medical and a sociologist point of view, gather information / assist in the data collection (either by checking the registry for the treatment regimen of the patients) or if the patients are present, assist every consultation and sometimes ask them directly (with help from the tutor or other interns for eventual translation issues), use the data analysis software (include the data in the SPSS data analysis software and analyze the included data), and conclude the effect of HIV/AIDS on patient physically (how well do they respond to the taken treatment and / or the symptoms they present…) and psychologically.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
YES, lectures delivered by the tutor on the pathophysiology of HIV and the psychological impact of HIV.
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- No specific outcome is expected
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
4th grade medical students at least
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts:
- Medical students
- “Primary Care for Patients Infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus”; Sheri A Keitz; MD; PhD; Tamara L Box; BS; Rick K Homan; PhD; John A Bartlett; MD; and Eugene Z Oddone; MD. (
- “Primary Care for Patients Infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus”; Sheri A Keitz; MD; PhD; Tamara L Box; BS; Rick K Homan; PhD; John A Bartlett; MD; and Eugene Z Oddone; MD. (