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  • META-MODELLING FOR POLICY SIMULATIONS WITH MULTIVARIATE OUTCOMES Zhong, H., Yazdi, G., Wang, J., Nolen, S., Linas, B. P., Brandeau, M. L., Salomon, J. SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC. 2020: E69–E70
  • Health outcomes and cost-effectiveness of treating depression in people with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa: a model-based analysis. AIDS care Zhong, H., Arjmand, I. K., Brandeau, M. L., Bendavid, E. 2020: 1–7


    High prevalence of depression among people living with HIV (PLHIV) impedes antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence and viral suppression. We estimate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of strategies to treat depression among PLHIV in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). We developed a microsimulation model of HIV disease and care in Uganda which captured individuals' depression status and the relationship between depression and HIV behaviors. We consider a strategy of screening for depression and providing antidepressant therapy with fluoxetine at ART initiation or re-initiation (if a patient has dropped out). We estimate that over 10 years this strategy would reduce prevalence of depression among PLHIV by 16.0% [95% uncertainty bounds 15.8%, 16.1%] from a baseline prevalence of 28%, increase adherence to ART by 1.0% [1.0%, 1.0%], and decrease rates of loss to followup by 3.7% [3.4%, 4.1%]. This would decrease first-line ART failure rates by 2.5% [2.3%, 2.8%] and increase viral suppression rates by 1.0% [1.0%, 1.0%]. This strategy costs $15/QALY compared to the status quo, and was highly cost-effective over a broad range of sensitivity analyses. We conclude that screening for and treating depression among PLHIV in SSA with fluoxetine would be effective in improving HIV treatment outcomes and would be highly cost-effective.

    View details for DOI 10.1080/09540121.2020.1719966

    View details for PubMedID 31986900

  • Hierarchical Modeling of Seed Variety Yields and Decision Making for Future Planting Plans Environment Systems and Decisions Zhong, H., Li, X., Lobell, D., Ermon, S., Brandeau, M. L. 2018; 38 (4)