Assessment of readiness to initiate antiretroviral therapy

Tanya Teghtmeyer Morgenstern, The University of Texas School of Public Health


An important factor in determining a patient's adherence to antiretroviral therapy is the patient's commitment to follow the regimen. This suggests that therapy should be initiated when the patient is willing to commit to the regimen. Starting when the patient is ready may be more important than the laboratory values suggested by various guidelines. In order to increase understanding of patient readiness for antiretroviral therapy HIV infected patients were surveyed to determine the factors that influenced their decision to initiate antiretroviral therapy and to continue to adhere to therapy once started. A sample of 83 HIV infected patients who were currently on antiretroviral regimens completed a 25-item investigator-developed questionnaire. The questionnaire sought information on the length of time from learning of HIV positive status and readiness to initiate therapy. The questionnaire also addressed demographic, psychological and social factors thought to be associated with readiness for adhering to therapy. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

Subject Area

Nursing|Public health

Recommended Citation

Morgenstern, Tanya Teghtmeyer, "Assessment of readiness to initiate antiretroviral therapy" (2001). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1406493.