Ellen Hendriksen

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  • Use of an on-line pager system to increase adherence to antiretroviral medications AIDS CARE-PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIO-MEDICAL ASPECTS OF AIDS/HIV Safren, S. A., Hendriksen, E. S., DeSousa, N., Boswell, S. L., MAYER, K. H. 2003; 15 (6): 787-793

    Abstract:

    Adherence to antiretroviral therapy is critical for treatment success. Antiretroviral therapy typically requires multiple pills at multiple dosing times. To address this, we tested the feasibility, utility, and efficacy of a customizable reminder system using pagers, which were programmed using web-based technology, to increase and maintain proper adherence in patients with pre-existing adherence problems. After a two-week monitoring period with an electronic pill-cap, participants with less than 90% adherence were randomized to continue monitoring or to receive a pager. The group who received the pagers had greater improvements in adherence from baseline to Week 2 and Week 12 than those who monitored their medications only. However, adherence in both groups at the outcome assessments points was still poor. While the provision of a reminder system helped improve adherence, it is likely that more intensive interventions are required for patients with pre-existing problems.

    View details for DOI 10.1080/09540120310001618630

    View details for Web of Science ID 000186546900005

    View details for PubMedID 14617500

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