Long-Term Medication Adherence in Patients Receiving Antiretroviral Drug Therapy

Author(s): Lee Preininger, Kelly Cantwell-McNelis, Christopher James, Mary Catherine Sullivan, Susan Szabo, Arlene Bincsik

Journal Name: Current HIV Research

Volume 9 , Issue 4 , 2011

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Objective: A long-term medication adherence project was designed and implemented in an urban HIV clinic to address antiretroviral medication adherence.

Design and Methods: We conducted a prospective study of patients on long-term antiretroviral therapy. Referred patients were on antiretroviral agents at least six months and had two consecutive detectable viral loads. A standarized form was utilized to assess medication adherence, including patient report, practitioner assessed barriers, and pharmacy refill history. Individualized interventions were developed to accommodate patient needs.

Results: Seventy-eight patients met inclusion criteria for a total of 81 cases per study protocol. The majority of cases had an identifiable cause related to missed and/or mistimed doses. Following adherence interventions, 51 of the 81 cases (63%) experienced a successful outcome. In addition, 16 of the 27 cases (59%) without an identifiable cause became undetectable following intervention.

Conclusions: This novel approach demonstrates that a proactive method for addressing barriers to long-term medication adherence yields improved patient understanding and preservation of treatment regimens.

Keywords: Antiretroviral therapy, medication adherence, HIV, pharmacist, low-level viremia, Antiretroviral Regimen, Self-Assessment, inhibitor-based regimen, HIV RNA, clinical outcomes

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Year: 2011
Page: [253 - 255]
Pages: 3
DOI: 10.2174/157016211796320351
Price: $65

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