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Empathetic Health Care Providers Drive Successful HIV Treatment
LAURIE SALOMAN

Want to make a difference when it comes to encouraging patients with HIV to start and stay in treatment? Show compassion and a lack of judgment, a new study finds. 

A team of investigators at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center at Rutgers School of Nursing in Newark, New Jersey, conducted a systematic review of 41 studies encompassing 1597 adults with HIV that were published in the US between 1997 and 2017. They discovered that a “confirming relationship” is paramount, with respondents wanting respect, compassion, and to be seen as a whole person. Patients who were treated paternalistically, or who experienced bumpy transitions, such as being released from prison without adequate coordination of health care services, were less likely to seek treatment and more likely to discontinue once started.

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With the advent of COVID-19 do you think people are going to have more empathy for PLWHA? Why or Why not?
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No, I do not think people will be more empathetic. The only people I feel are empathetic are doctors,care givers, and advocates. I feel that others are more concerned about…

No, I do not think people will be more empathetic. The only people I feel are empathetic are doctors,care givers, and advocates. I feel that others are more concerned about themselves and the health of  their immediate family members.

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