For patients with HIV, strictly adhering to their regimen of antiretroviral drugs is not just critical but life-sustaining. So when patients admit to drug noncompliance, doctors are faced with how to help them take their drugs as prescribed.
But rather than engaging in open-ended conversations to address barriers to adherence such as side effects, patient misunderstanding and scheduling, physicians tend to ask yes-or-no questions and tell patients what to do, said a study published online Jan. 31 in the journal AIDS and Behavior.
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