Adherence

• What are Adherence Clubs?

A long-term retention strategy for clinically stable patients receiving antiretroviral therapy. … It reduces the burden that stable patients place on healthcare facilities, increasing clinical human resources for new patients, and those clinically unstable and at risk of failing treatment. (source)

– Quick service option: 20 – 30 stable ART clients

– Facilitated by a lay staff member

– Limited support needed from a clinician

 

• How do Adherence Clubs work?

– Symptoms assessment done

– Collection of 2 months pre-packed ART

– Topical group discussion

– Simplified monitoring

 

Key benefits

Patient

• Easier access to medication

• Peers support and group cohesion

• Improved retention in care

• Self management = Empowerment

 

Health Care Workers

• Reduces patient load therefore optimizes clinician time

• Allows for greater capacity to focus on unstable patients

 

Please view and download the RTC Facility list for adherence clubs

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