Volume 4, Issue 10

Clinical Aspects of Improving ART Adherence

Editor's note:

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In this issue:

Evidence-based plans to improve adherence — how do they work in practice? How can they most effectively be tailored to each patient’s needs and available resources?

In this issue, Dr. Joyce Jones from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Dr. Barbara Taylor from the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio take us to the clinic to translate the recent adherence improvement findings into clinical practice.

Learning objectives:

  • Summarize evidence-based interventions to improve adherence and viral suppression.
  • Explain how particular interventions (smartphones, mental health, addiction treatment) can be implemented to improve adherence.
  • Describe how implementation of evidence-based adherence interventions may be limited in certain settings because of applicability and feasibility issues.

Authors:

Joyce Leitch Jones, MD, MS
Joyce Leitch Jones, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD  

 

Barbara S. Taylor, MD, MS
Barbara S. Taylor, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

Program Directors:

Allison L. Agwu, MD, ScM, FAAP, FIDSA

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Adult Infectious Diseases
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Alysse G. Wurcel, MD, MS

Assistant Professor
Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Tufts Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts

Justin Alves, RN, ACRN, CARN

Nurse Educator – Office Based Addiction Treatment, Training and Technical Assistance Program
Boston Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts

Length of activity:

0.5 hour Physicians
0.5 contact hour Nurses

Launch date: May 31, 2019
Expiration date: May 30, 2021