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Author(s):

Korthuis PT, Saha S, Chander G, McCarty D, Moore RD, Cohn JA, Sharp VL, Beach MC.

Pub Title:

Substance use and the quality of patient-provider communication in HIV clinics.

Pub Date:

May 31 2011

Journal Issue:

4

Page Number:
832-41

Journal:

Title: 
AIDS and Behavior
Link: 
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10461-010-9779-8

PubMed: 20703792
Pub PDF: PDF icon 20703792.pdf

Abstract
The objective of this study was to estimate the influence of substance use on the quality of patient-provider communication during HIV clinic encounters. Patients were surveyed about unhealthy alcohol and illicit drug use and rated provider communication quality. Audio-recorded encounters were coded for specific communication behaviors. Patients with vs. without unhealthy alcohol use rated the quality of their provider's communication lower; illicit drug user ratings were comparable to non-users. Visit length was shorter, with fewer activating/engaging and psychosocial counseling statements for those with vs. without unhealthy alcohol use. Providers and patients exhibited favorable communication behaviors in encounters with illicit drug users vs. non-users, demonstrating greater evidence of patient-provider engagement. The quality of patient-provider communication was worse for HIV-infected patients with unhealthy alcohol use but similar or better for illicit drug users compared with non-users. Interventions should be developed that encourage providers to actively engage patients with unhealthy alcohol use.

PMID: 20703792 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

PMCID: PMC3077450

 

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Citation:

Korthuis PT, Saha S, Chander G, McCarty D, Moore RD, Cohn JA, Sharp VL, Beach MC. Substance use and the quality of patient-provider communication in HIV clinics. AIDS Behav. 2011 May;15(4):832-41. doi: 10.1007/s10461-010-9779-8. PubMed PMID: 20703792; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3077450.