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Prevention IS Care offers practice tips, organized by topic, for treating and caring for patients living with HIV.
Tips to Increase Retention in Care among HIV-Infected Patients
HIV care providers can help increase retention in care by:
- Communicating with patients nonjudgmentally to identify their specific barriers to retention.
- Guiding patients to identify possible changes that would eliminate or reduce the barrier.
- Strategizing with patients to identify new goals and healthy behaviors.
To foster patient trust, health care providers can:
- Engage with patients in a direct, nonjudgmental, and supportive manner.
- Use open-ended questions to involve patients in decision making regarding their HIV treatment and overall care.
- Include simple actions during patient encounters to foster communication, such as asking how a patient prefers to be addressed.
HIV care providers have the opportunity to allow open communication and collaborative decision making by:
- Encouraging patients to access resources and solve problems independently.
- Fostering discussions about substance use, sexual behavior, and mental health.
- Providing referrals when appropriate, and assessing patient willingness to complete the referral.
- Page last reviewed: January 18, 2017
- Page last updated: January 18, 2017
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