Experiences and perceptions of patients with 100% adherence to highly active antiretroviral therapy: A qualitative study

Mohsin Sidat, Christopher Fairley, Jeffrey Grierson

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Abstract

A decade has passed since the introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) as standard of care for HIV/AIDS patients. The success of HAART is largely dependent on almost 100% adherence to it. In this study our primary aim was to understand from patients' own perspectives and experiences what resulted in them having 100% adherence to HAART. Thus, we purposefully recruited for in-depth interviews 10 participants (7 men and 3 women) with 100% adherence to HAART (≥6 months previous to the interviews). All interviews were transcribed verbatim and analyzed by using Giorgi's phenomenological analysis approach. The following issues emerged from the analysis: readiness to go on HAART; HAART viewed as a life-line; maintenance of 100% adherence related with willingness to live longer and healthier; optimal ongoing patient-physician relationship, better coping and/or lack of perceived side effects; and improvements in clinical condition as well as in CD4 T-cells count and viral load reinforced the motivation to continue 100% adherence. The study findings should be helpful for health professionals caring for HIV-infected individuals on HAART.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)509-520
Number of pages12
JournalAIDS Patient Care and STDs
Volume21
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2007

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Experiences and perceptions of patients with 100% adherence to highly active antiretroviral therapy: A qualitative study. / Sidat, Mohsin; Fairley, Christopher; Grierson, Jeffrey.

In: AIDS Patient Care and STDs, Vol. 21, No. 7, 01.07.2007, p. 509-520.

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