Promoting Treatment Adherence provides health care providers with a comprehensive set of information and strategies for understanding and promoting treatment adherence across a wide range of treatment types and clinical populations. The information is presented in a practical how-to manner, and is intended as a resource that practitioners can draw from to improve skills in promoting treatment adherence. 

Adherence to HIV/AIDS Treatments

Adherence to HIV/AIDS treatments
Eric R.Levensky

Highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) has produced substantial improvements in treatment outcomes for HIV/AIDS patients in a number of clinical trials and has become the standard of care for the treatment of HIV/AIDS infection (Carpenter et al., 1997). These medications have been shown to (1) reduce the rate of viral replication (often bringing the HIV virus to undetectable levels), (2) decrease the incidence of opportunistic infections, (3) delay the progression to AIDS, (4) lead to general improvements in overall health, and (5) reduce health care costs (Carpenter et al., 1997; Deeks, Loftus, Cohen, Chin, & Grant, 1997; Deeks, Smith, Holodniy, & Kahn, 1997; Valenti, 2001).

Despite these promising effects of HAART, however, the treatment is typically quite complex ...

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