As hospitalization and re-hospitalization rates of people living with HIV/AIDS (PHAs) remain high, it is important to understand the PHAs’ lived experience within the context of discharge from hospital and the subsequent transition to community.  Through a series of client interviews, stakeholder focus groups, chart review, and reflective journals, the study examines the qualitative experience of individuals during this transitional period.  This project represents a catalyst for meaningful research on client transitions in care and will directly inform client-centered care.  The project is a collaboration between Casey House and the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. We are working closely with other collaborators including, Fife House, the McEwan Housing and Support Services/Loft Community Services the Dr. Peter Centre in Vancouver and Andrew Pinto, MD from St. Michael’s Hospital. In addition, there are two community member PHAs who serve on the advisory board.

David J. Brennan
Principal Investigator

Bill O’Leary
Principal Knowledge User

Mark Niepage
Research Assistant



David J. Brennan
University of Toronto

Bill O’Leary
Casey House

Ann Stewart
Casey House

Soo Chan Carusone
McMaster University

Shelley Craig
University of Toronto

Rosalind Baltzer Turje
Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation

Keith Hambly
Fife House

Andrew Pinto
St. Michael’s Hospital

Kay Roesslein
Loft Community Services, McEwan Housing and Support