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Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) in People Living with HIV: Supporting the Art of ART

by Heidemarie Kremer, MD, PhD 4 CE Credits

As promising HIV-related regimens, such as Antiretroviral Therapy (ART), are developed, health professionals must adapt to shifting demands in patient care in order to promote adherence to these new protocols. This is particularly important in the ART arena since one important factor in the treatment decision equation is how adherent the patient is likely to be with this regimen. This course reviews the difficulties in assessing adherence and the current methods used to measure it. Further, the common facilitators and barriers to adherence to ART are identified. Lastly, behavioral interventions to support adherence to ART are presented.
This online course is approved for APA CE credit, NBCC CE clock hours, ASWB CE clock hours (HIV-related), and NYSED CE credit.
Course Sections/Outline:
  • Introduction
  • Why Is Adherence the Achilles Heel of ART?
  • What Do We Mean By Adherence?
  • What is the Best Way to Measure Adherence to ART?
  • What Are The Barriers to Adherence?
  • How Can Adherence to ART be Facilitated?
  • Summary
  • Web-based Resources
  • References

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
  • Identify seven difficulties in empirically defining and measuring adherence in behavioral research in this domain.
  • Describe seven methods of measuring adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART).
  • Recognize three common barriers (medical and psychological) to adherence to ART.
  • Summarize five evidence-based intervention strategies to support adherence to ART.