The International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC) have published a novel set of evidence-based guidelines for therapy entry and adherence.
The "Guidelines for Improving Entry into and Retention in Care and Antiretroviral Adherence for Persons with HIV" were developed by an expert IAPAC Panel and e-published today by the Annals of Internal Medicine.
The guidelines include recommendations in several key areas, including: entry into and retention in care; monitoring adherence to HIV care and antiretroviral therapy (ART); interventions to improve ART adherence including those involving choice of ART regimens; adherence tools for patients; education and counseling; and health system and service delivery interventions. The needs of special populations, including children and adolescents, are also addressed in the guidelines, as are recommendations for future research in these areas.
WHO: Nadia Dowshen, MD, director of Adolescent HIV Services, Craig Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, was the lead author on recommendations pertaining to adolescents and has helped to develop and implement promising adherence interventions (including using interactive text messaging) and comprehensive care for this vulnerable population, through the CHOP Adolescent Initiative program which provides care to more than 150 youth living with HIV/AIDS.