Applying an Expanded Social Determinant Approach to the Concept of Adherence to Treatment: The Case of Colombian Women Living With HIV/AIDS

Marcela Arrivillaga, Michael Ross, Bernardo Useche, Andrew Springer, Diego Correa

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Abstract

Background: The purpose of this study was to explore and analyze social determinants that influence adherence among Colombian women living with HIV/AIDS in poverty conditions. Methods: A qualitative, descriptive-interpretative study was developed. Forty-seven women participated in five focus group discussions. Also, in-depth interviews with six women were conducted. Findings: Results showed that women with lower adherence sell their antiretroviral medication to satisfy economic needs, and prioritize the care of their HIV-positive children over their own adherence needs. In contrast, women with higher adherence were found to participate in social support groups offered by nongovernmental organizations. Conclusion: These findings underscore the need to understand the social determinants that facilitate and/or hinder adherence among women in poverty-associated conditions. Results indicate the need to facilitate access to treatment on a timely and continual basis; provide economic resources, including support to meet basic needs as well as subsidies for transportation to health care centers; and explore mechanism for supporting the care of their offspring.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-183
Number of pages7
JournalWomen's Health Issues
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011

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