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Subjetividad y procesos cognitivos

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AHUMADA, Marcelo; ESCALANTE, Eduardo  y  SANTIAGO, Isabel. Preliminary Study Of Relations Between Coping Strategies, Social Support And Adherence To Treatment In People Living With HIV/AIDS. Subj. procesos cogn. [online]. 2011, vol.15, n.1, pp. 55-70. ISSN 1852-7310.

The dynamics of the HIV epidemic has changed in recent times. The advent of highly active antiretroviral therapy has helped to start talking about HIV as a chronic disease, but not necessarily fatal. It has also reduced the morbidity and mortality associated with HIV. But despite having access to such treatment, people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) often do not comply with prescribed treatment. This causes concern among health teams, so they have turned to try to find those elements associated with treatment adherence by PLWHA. These have been multiple and varied, so this paper seeks to identify some of the psychosocial variables associated with adherence to treatment by PLHWA, specifically coping strategies and perceived social support. It was explored in 11 subjects PLWHA (both men and women) who attended a CSO (Civil Society Organization) working in the HIV/AIDS feld. Techniques: semi structured interview (it is administrated SMAQ-Simplifed Medication Adherence Questionnaire to measure adherence, CRI -Coping Responses Inventory-, which measures coping strategies, and Duke-UNC-11 questionnaire, which measures perceived social support. We found some associations between the levels of adherence to therapy and coping responses and social support.

Palabras clave : Adherence to treatment; HIV/AIDS; Coping strategies; Social support.

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