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An exploration of group-based HIV/AIDS treatment and care models in Sub-Saharan Africa using a realist evaluation (Intervention-Context-Actor-Mechanism-Outcome) heuristic tool: a systematic review

  • Ferdinand C. Mukumbang1, 2Email author,
  • Sara Van Belle2,
  • Bruno Marchal1, 2 and
  • Brian van Wyk1
Implementation Science201712:107

Received: 1 November 2016

Accepted: 16 August 2017

Published: 25 August 2017

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Original Submission
1 Nov 2016 Submitted Original manuscript
21 Apr 2017 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Karl Blanchet
24 Jun 2017 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Lucie Byrne-Davis
12 Jul 2017 Author responded Author comments - Ferdinand Mukumbang
Resubmission - Version 2
12 Jul 2017 Submitted Manuscript version 2
16 Aug 2017 Editorially accepted
25 Aug 2017 Article published 10.1186/s13012-017-0638-0

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Authors’ Affiliations

School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa
Department of Public Health, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium