BENEFITS OF ENGAGEMENT BETWEEN HCPS AND PLHIV IN NORTH AMERICA
Reported optimal health and treatment satisfaction associated with reported high-level of communication with healthcare providers1
Amongst the USA and Canada cohort of PLHIV, the Positive Perspectives study results showed a close correlation between those reporting high engagement with HCPs, optimal health and treatment satisfaction.1 Compared to those reporting low engagement with their HCPs, those who reported high engagement were more likely to report:
- Optimal overall health – 69% (n=124/181) with high engagement vs 34% (n=42/124) with low engagement1
- Treatment satisfaction – 91% (n=164/181) with high engagement vs 40% (n=49/124) with low engagement1
- Optimal mental health – 72% (n=130/181) with high engagement vs 24% (n=30/124) with low engagement1
- Optimal sexual health – 53% (n=95/181) with high engagement vs 15% (n=19/124) with low engagement1
- Optimal physical health – 65% (n=117/181) with high engagement vs 25% (n=31/124) with low engagement1
“Antiretroviral therapy has transformed HIV into a manageable condition, but we know that to achieve good health-related quality of live, we need to think beyond viral suppression. When people living with HIV experience physical and psychosocial treatment challenges – like difficulty swallowing, side effects and hiding medication because of privacy concerns – medicines may not be taken correctly, with potential effects on viral suppression and health outcomes. These Positive Perspectives results show that a tailored approach to treatment may improve overall health outcomes.”
- de los Rios P, Young B, Muchenje M, Van de Velde N, Okoli C. Haves vs. Have-Nots in Healthcare Communication: Examining the Paradox Where PLHIV Who Need Quality Discussions With Their Providers the Most, Access It the Least. Poster 1017 Presented at Infectious Diseases Week 2020 Congress, October 21 – 25 2020.
- de los Rios P, Allan B, Okoli C, Young B, Castellanos E, Brough G, Eremin A, Corbelli GM, Muchenje M, Mc Britton M, Van de Velde N. Treatment-Related Physical, Emotional, and Psychosocial Challenges and Their Impact on Indicators of Quality Of Life. Poster 1045 Presented at Infectious Diseases Week 2020 Congress, October 21 – 25 2020.