Substance Use and the Quality of Patient-Provider Communication in HIV Clinics

Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR 97239-3098, USA.
AIDS and Behavior (Impact Factor: 3.49). 05/2011; 15(4):832-41. DOI: 10.1007/s10461-010-9779-8
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The objective of this study was to estimate the influence of substance use on the quality of patient-provider communication during HIV clinic encounters. Patients were surveyed about unhealthy alcohol and illicit drug use and rated provider communication quality. Audio-recorded encounters were coded for specific communication behaviors. Patients with vs. without unhealthy alcohol use rated the quality of their provider's communication lower; illicit drug user ratings were comparable to non-users. Visit length was shorter, with fewer activating/engaging and psychosocial counseling statements for those with vs. without unhealthy alcohol use. Providers and patients exhibited favorable communication behaviors in encounters with illicit drug users vs. non-users, demonstrating greater evidence of patient-provider engagement. The quality of patient-provider communication was worse for HIV-infected patients with unhealthy alcohol use but similar or better for illicit drug users compared with non-users. Interventions should be developed that encourage providers to actively engage patients with unhealthy alcohol use.

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    • "In order to achieve the benefits of reduced morbidity and mortality, strict medication adherence is required [20]. The context of HIV care can offer unique challenges, complicated by patients' perceived stigma and discrimination, barriers to trust, healthcare disparities, and comorbidities of mental health and substance use [21] [22] [23]. Effective patient–clinician relationships appear to help patients overcome these challenges and achieve positive outcomes. "
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    • "These findings have not been replicated until now. Furthermore , clinician respect for patients may be particularly relevant in HIV care due to several factors such as racial/ethnic differences between patients and clinicians [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19], HIV-related stigma [20– 22], and stigma towards substance use disorders [23] [24] [25]. Patients with active substance abuse perceive less respect from clinicians and demonstrate less engagement in HIV care [10]. "
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    • "We analyzed data gathered by the enhancing communication and HIV outcomes (ECHO) study [24] [25] [26] [27] [28], a cross-sectional observational study of patient–provider communication. Recruitment for the ECHO study is described in detail elsewhere [24]. "
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