Dissertation - NLU Access
Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy
This dissertation is intended to provide health care providers a way to connect, communicate, and understand barriers including adherence that potentially lead to behaviors that keep low income communities at-risk for contracting HIV infection. This knowledge can potentially lead to improved health outcomes for patients in reducing high risk behaviors.
In spite of the prevalence of HIV and the realities concerning the threat of infection, closing the gaps in continuity of care has been a consistent challenge for patients with HIV. There are countless reasons why continuity of care can be disrupted and potentially render HIV treatment wholly ineffective.
Improving health outcome indirectly affects the value of a patient’s health care experience. The role of health care providers’ attitude toward their patients has been recognized as a key factor in keeping them on track, in terms of a healthy routine as well as medication adherence. Physicians need to recognize their responsibility in maintaining a happy and healthy life for their patients with HIV. Health care providers need to use their communication and interactive skills to engage the patients and influence them to always follow up for their treatment. Discontinuing care will not only lead to public health issues, but it can also lead to poor health outcomes.
Jamison, Janet, "HIV Continuity Of Care Including Mental Health and Risk Behaviors" (2017). Dissertations. 320.