UK Collaborative HIV Cohort (CHIC) Study
Caroline Sabin, Teresa Hill, Andrew Phillips
The UK CHIC Study is a collaboration of some of the largest HIV centres in the UK, the Royal Free and UC Medical School, and the Medical Research Council (MRC) Clinical Trials Unit. The study was initiated in 2001 with the aim of pooling routinely collected clinical data on all patients seen at participating clinics since 1st January 1996. Specific objectives are to describe the uptake of and response to HAART, to identify factors associated with virological and immunological response to HAART, and to monitor and describe changes over time in the frequency of AIDS-defining illnesses and survival. To date, over 47,200 patients are included in the study which is coordinated by the Unit. The UK CHIC Study is currently funded by the MRC and the study is linked closely to the UK HIV Drug Resistance Database http://www.hivrdb.org.uk/. Further details are at www.ukchic.org.uk.
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