Date of Award
Restricted Access Thesis
Master of Science
Field of Study
Clinical Research Management
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
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.
"Doctors, Patients, and Adherence to HIV Medication: Findings of the Communication, Communities, and Health Study" Fort Worth, Tx: University of North Texas Health Science Center;