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Publication

Author(s):

Flickinger TE, Saha S, Moore RD, Beach MC.

Pub Title:

Higher quality communication and relationships are associated with improved patient engagement in HIV care.

Pub Date:

Jul 1 2013

Journal:

Title: 
JAIDS-Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Link: 
http://bit.ly/1cRJXO2

PubMed: 23591637
Pub PDF: PDF icon 23591637.pdf

Abstract
Patient retention in HIV care may be influenced by patient-provider interactions. In an urban, academic HIV clinic, 1363 patients rated the quality of communication and relationships with their providers on 5 domains. We used linear regressions to investigate associations between these 5 domains and appointment adherence. In multivariate analysis, patients kept more appointments if providers treated them with dignity and respect, listened carefully to them, explained in ways they could understand, and knew them as persons. Being involved in decisions was not significantly associated with appointment adherence. Enhancing providers' skills in effective communication and relationship building may improve patient retention in HIV care.

PMID: 23591637 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

PMCID: PMC3752691 [Available on 2014/7/1]

 

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Citation:

Flickinger TE, Saha S, Moore RD, Beach MC. Higher quality communication and relationships are associated with improved patient engagement in HIV care. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2013 Jul 1;63(3):362-6. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0b013e318295b86a. PubMed PMID: 23591637; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3752691.