Relationship with health care provider and adherence to HIV medications

Psychol Rep. 2003 Oct;93(2):494-6. doi: 10.2466/pr0.2003.93.2.494.


Suboptimal adherence to antiretroviral medications was reported in a sample of 97 inner-city residents with HIV/AIDS. Most respondents had been seeing the same physician for several years. Those who perceived themselves to be more engaged with their health care provider also reported better treatment adherence. This finding, though, should be viewed with caution since self-reported measures were used. Interventions that target adherence could include patients' perceptions of providers.

MeSH terms

  • Antiviral Agents / administration & dosage
  • Antiviral Agents / therapeutic use*
  • HIV Seropositivity / drug therapy*
  • Health Personnel*
  • Humans
  • Patient Compliance / statistics & numerical data*
  • Physician-Patient Relations*


  • Antiviral Agents