How treatment partners help

Social analysis of an african adherence support intervention

Kelli N. O'Laughlin, Monique A. Wyatt, Sylvia Kaaya, David Bangsberg, Norma C. Ware

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Abstract

Treatment partnering is an adherence intervention developed in sub-Saharan Africa. This paper describes the additional social functions that treatment partners serve and shows how these functions contribute to health and survival for patients with HIV/AIDS. Ninetyeight minimally structured interviews were conducted with twenty pairs of adult HIV/AIDS patients (N = 20) and treatment partners (N = 20) treated at a public HIV-care setting in Tanzania. Four social functions were identified using inductive, category construction and interpretive methods of analysis: (1) encouraging disclosure; (2) combating stigma; (3) restoring hope; and (4) reducing social difference. These functions work to restore social connections and reverse the isolating effects of HIV/AIDS, strengthening access to essential community safety nets. Besides encouraging ARV adherence, treatment partners contribute to the social health of patients. Social health as well as HIV treatment success is essential to survival for persons living with HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1308-1315
Number of pages8
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Volume16
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes

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HIV
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Africa South of the Sahara
Hope
Health
Therapeutics
Survival
Tanzania
Disclosure
Interviews
Safety

Keywords

  • Adherence
  • Africa
  • Hiv
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Treatment assistant
  • Treatment partner

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Social Psychology

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How treatment partners help : Social analysis of an african adherence support intervention. / O'Laughlin, Kelli N.; Wyatt, Monique A.; Kaaya, Sylvia; Bangsberg, David; Ware, Norma C.

In: AIDS and Behavior, Vol. 16, No. 5, 06.2012, p. 1308-1315.

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O'Laughlin, Kelli N. ; Wyatt, Monique A. ; Kaaya, Sylvia ; Bangsberg, David ; Ware, Norma C. / How treatment partners help : Social analysis of an african adherence support intervention. In: AIDS and Behavior. 2012 ; Vol. 16, No. 5. pp. 1308-1315.
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