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Psico-USF

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Abstract

CAMARGO, Luiza Azem; CAPITAO, Cláudio Garcia  and  FILIPE, Elvira Maria Ventura. Mental health, family support and treatment adherence: associations in the context of HIV/AIDS. Psico-USF [online]. 2014, vol.19, n.2, pp.221-232. ISSN 2175-3563.  https://doi.org/10.1590/1413-82712014019002013.

The patient's adherence to the antiretroviral drug therapy has been one of the biggest challenges in the HIV/Aids context. Among the many implicated factors, this study sought to study the factors related to mental disorders and family support, investigating their association with the adhesion. For that matter, a semi-structured questionnaire composed by social-demographic, clinical and adherence information was applied. The Goldberg General Health Questionnaire (GHQ) and the Perceived Family Support Inventory (PFSI) were also used. The sample was composed by73 HIV/Aids patients in antiretroviral therapy, aged between 29 and 67 years old on health service in São Paulo. The results point at significant indicators of irregular adherence to the antiretroviral therapy and of symptomatic profiles of mental disorders in this population. A considerable correlation between adherence and the "death wish" factor of GHQ were found, and also between adherence and almost all the PFSI factors, demonstrating the importance of these factors in therapy adherence.

Keywords : Medication adherence; Antiretroviral; Family; Mental health; HIV/Aids.

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