Acceptability and feasibility of a virtual intervention to help people living with HIV manage their daily therapies

J Telemed Telecare. 2012 Oct;18(7):409-12. doi: 10.1258/jtt.2012.120218. Epub 2012 Oct 3.


We conducted a study of the acceptability and feasibility of a web application which was designed to empower people living with HIV to manage their daily antiretroviral therapies. The application (VIH-TAVIE) consists of four interactive computer sessions with a virtual nurse who guides the user through a learning process aimed at enhancing treatment management capacities. The information furnished and the strategies proposed by the nurse are tailored, based on the responses provided by the user. The application was evaluated in a hospital setting as an adjunct to usual care. The participants (n = 71) had a mean age of 47 years (SD = 7.6). There were 59 men and 12 women. They had been diagnosed with HIV some 15 years earlier and had been on antiretroviral medication for a mean duration of 11 years. Data were collected by acceptability questionnaires, field notes and observations. Most participants found the application easy to use. They learned tips for taking their medication, diminishing adverse side-effects and maintaining a positive attitude towards treatment. Many participants deemed their experience with the application highly satisfactory and felt that it met their needs with respect to strategies and proficiencies despite their long experience of medication use. The results of the study support the feasibility and acceptability of the intervention.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • HIV Seropositivity / drug therapy*
  • Humans
  • Internet / statistics & numerical data*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / psychology
  • Patient Education as Topic / methods*
  • Self Care / methods*