oa CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - More about : adherence to antiretroviral therapy

Volume 22, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Extracted from text ... CATHERINE ORRELL, MB ChB, MSc, DCH Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, Division of Medicine, University of Cape Town WHAT IS ADHERENCE? Adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) means how correctly a person is managing to take his/her medication. The term 'adherence' is preferable to 'compliance', as compliance implies that some prompting is necessary to ensure that the medication is taken, whereas adherence is voluntarily driven by the individual. Adherence means taking the correct dose of medication at the right times, every day, for as long as ART is required. WHY IS ADHERENCE IMPORTANT? A number of studies have proved adherence to ..

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