Long-term adherence to antiretroviral therapy in resource-limited settings: A bitter pill to swallow

David R. Bangsberg, Edward J. Mills

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Abstract

Adherence to antiretroviral therapy is an important predictor of long-term treatment success. Adherence can be differentiated between early adherence challenges, that are about integrating pill-taking into daily life, and long-term adherence, where patients struggle to maintain clinical connections and interrupt clinical care and medication use. In resource-limited settings, treatment interruptions may be more useful predictors of patient outcome than pill-taking alone. Interventions that are aimed at providing support to patients and their individual challenges to prevent interruptions in treatment and care may have a greater impact over time on clinically important outcomes than interventions targeted only at pill-taking behaviours.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-28
Number of pages4
JournalAntiviral Therapy
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 5 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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