According to a Rutgers study, adults with Human Immunodeficiency Virus are more likely to carry on life-saving treatments if they are shown unconditional empathy, respect by their primary healthcare providers and if the doctor demonstrates an ability to partner with the patients in their decision making of addressing their goals.
The findings revealed that the complexity of the disease, treatment regime and the overall system of healthcare often overwhelms the patients, and the stigma attached with the disease often prevents the patient from the beginning, as well as, continuing the treatment. It was found by researchers that patients require help in understanding their illness & car needs by employing understandable language to translate difficult information, letting the patients know what to expect & supporting that Human Immunodeficiency Viruses now a treatable, but complex, chronic illness.
The lead author of the study, Andrea Norberg who is also the Executive Director of the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center at Rutgers School of Nursing which gives care to the people with HIV, immunologic disorders and infectious diseases, Andrea Norberg stated that Today, Human Immunodeficiency Virus is considered as a treatable, chronic condition. But, this study discovered that majority of patients consider it still like a death sentence. We know that people who have knowledge about this disease, who get engaged in the care and take antiretroviral therapy medications remain relatively healthy.
Norberg continued that their main goal is to reach those people who are diagnosed with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and either does not retain or engage in the ongoing care. In the US, around 49% of the 1.1M people diagnosed.
By including 41 studies which were published between 1997 to 2017, it was found that many patients experience stigma & a lack of compassion that is often grounded in primary care providers’ ignorance about Human Immunodeficiency Virus and transmission risks. The poor communication between the patients & providers results in many patients’ failure to seek or remain in care and adhere to antiretroviral therapy medications.