Date of Award

5-1-2008

Degree Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Field of Study

Clinical Research Management

Department

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

First Advisor

Kimberly Fulda

Second Advisor

Kathryn Cardarelli

Abstract

Seater, Margaret. Doctors, Patients, and Adherence to HIV Medications: Findings of the Communication, Communities, and Health Study. Master of Sciences (Clinical Research), May 2008, 141 pp, 9 tables, 6 figures, references. Abstract. This study is about whether doctors have the potential to influence adherence by forming a solid patient-doctor relationship. This study is also about health disparities; specifically, if racialized life experiences have any association with either adherence or the formation of a solid patient-doctor relationship. Self-reported racial discrimination was shown to be a risk factor for non-adherence (OR 4.725, p-value <0.05), while compassionate behavior on the part of the clinician predicted adherence (OR 0.062, p-value <0.1 trend). Future directions include applying for extramural funding to conduct a clinical trial emphasizing communication as a way to eliminate health disparities. In the long term, the goal of medical educators should be to recruit more non-white physicians in order to further eliminate health disparities.

Comments

Seater, Margaret. Doctors, Patients, and Adherence to HIV Medications: Findings of the Communication, Communities, and Health Study. Master of Sciences (Clinical Research), May 2008, 141 pp, 9 tables, 6 figures, references. W 4.5 S441D 2008

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