Literature Review of Health Literacy and HIV Treatment Adherence

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Teachers College, Columbia University Department of Health and Behavior Studies Health Literacy and HIV Treatment Adherence in HIV Patients A Literature Review By Cynthia C Lee, MA, CHES 2/8/2011 Submitted in Fulfillment for the requirements of Master of Science in Health Education Course Advisor Prof Ray Marks TABLE OF CONTENTS 1.


Health Literacy and HIV/AIDS-----------------------------------------------------------8 5. Why is Treatment Adherence Important for HIV/AIDS-----------------------------10 6. Health Literacy and HIV Treatment Adherence--------------------------------------11 7. Strategies to Improve Treatment Adherence in Low Literacy Subjects-----------15 8. References---------------------------------------------------------------------------------19 Abstract The only effective treatment for HIV/AIDS is regular medication with anti-retroviral therapy (ART). Regularity in timing and dosage of medication is essential not only for the improved health of the subject but also to prevent the emergence of resistant strains of the virus. Non-adherence to the treatment is one of the biggest hurdle in tackling the AIDS pandemic. Among the different factors contributing to non-adherence, health literacy is considered one of the major players. We carried out a literature survey using search terms “ “Health literacy” and HIV”, “Treatment adherence and HIV”, “Literacy and Treatment Adherence” and “Literacy treatment adherence HIV) in the databases of OVID and Pubmed. The relevant articles were reviewed. Any new articles that were encountered amongst these articles in their citations were retrieved and also reviewed. ...
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