Health care provider communication training in rural Tanzania empowers HIV-infected patients on antiretroviral therapy to discuss adherence problems

by S Erb, E Letang, TR Glass et al. and for the Kilombero Ulanga Antiretroviral Cohort (KIULARCO) study group
HIV Medicine (2017) – First published: 13 March 2017

12 pp. 330 kB
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/hiv.12499/epdf

Self-reported adherence assessment in HIV-infected patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART) is challenging and may overestimate adherence. The aim of this study was to improve the ability of health care providers to elicit patients’ reports of nonadherence using a “patient-centred” approach in a rural sub-Saharan African setting. The authors conclude that patient-centred communication can successfully be implemented with a simple intervention in rural Africa. It increases the likelihood of HIV-infected patients reporting problems with adherence to ART; however, sustainability remains a challenge.

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