HIV healthcare provider-patient interaction: Observations on the process of providing antiretroviral treatment

Jeff Erger, Oscar Grusky, Traci Mann, William Marelich

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Abstract

The meeting during which healthcare providers and newly infected HIV+ patients discuss treatment options is a critical stage in patients' care. We describe 10 interactions between healthcare providers and HIV+ patients at two clinics. Two observers coded each of the 10 interactions for the content of the topics discussed and for communication-relevant behaviors. The interactions followed one of two general patterns, according to whether combination antiretroviral treatment was recommended or deferred. Features of the interactions are described. These features include: (1) the presentation of a single-treatment option, (2) a discussion of whether patients have the will to begin therapy and the skills to adhere to treatment regimens, and (3) organizational pressures to include patients in clinical trials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-268
Number of pages10
JournalAIDS Patient Care and STDs
Volume14
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 8 2000

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