The importance of the patient--clinician relationship in adherence to antiretroviral medication

Malassiotis, Alex, Morris, Kate and Trueman, Ian (2007) The importance of the patient--clinician relationship in adherence to antiretroviral medication. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 13 (6). pp. 370-376. ISSN 1322-7114

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The aim of the study was to assess dimensions of the patient-clinician relationship in relation to adherence with antiretroviral medication in a sample of HIV patients. This was a correlational evaluation, using a cross-sectional design. Thirty-eight HIV patients in two UK HIV units provided complete data. Analysis suggested that the elements of the patient-clinician relationship contributing to adherence with medication were the patient perception of being valued and respected by the clinician, the patients' ability to initiate discussions about the treatment, empowerment and level of trust placed in the nurse. The latter, and the time since starting antiretroviral treatment, were the only two variables that could predict adherence in a regression model, explaining 41% of the variance in adherence. Building trusted relationships with the patients and investing in educational and communication techniques to improve the therapeutic relationship could strongly contribute to HIV patients to maintaining high adherence rates

Keywords:HIV, Antiviral Drug Therapy, Adherence, Clinican Relationship
Subjects:L Social studies > L510 Health & Welfare
A Medicine and Dentistry > A300 Clinical Medicine
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:22229
Deposited On:17 Feb 2016 15:49

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