Partnership for Health - Medication Adherence

Partnership for Health for Medication Adherence (PfH-MA) is a brief, four-part medication adherence strategy for primary care providers to use with HIV-positive patients. Adoption of this strategy as a standard of care helps providers establish a partnership with patients and increases their knowledge, self-efficacy, and behaviors associated with adherence to antiretroviral treatment (ART).

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About Partnership for Health-Medication Adherence

Partnership for Health-Medication Adherence (PfH-MA) is a brief (three- to five-minute), clinic-based, individual-level, provider-administered intervention emphasizing the importance of the patient-provider relationship to promote healthy patient behaviors. The intervention includes adherence messages delivered to the patient during routine medical visits and the use of posters and brochures conveying the partnership theme and antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence messages.

Intervention Goals

  • Improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy.
  • Achieve undetectable viral load.

Intervention Target Population

  • HIV-positive patients in primary care outpatient clinics who are antiretroviral treatment-experienced.

PfH-MA Training

A 30-minute Partnership for Health – Medication Adherence eLearning module is located in CDC TRAINexternal icon. The primary target audience for this course is physicians who treat people living with HIV; however, anyone providing medical care or other support services to this population may find the information in the eLearning module to be useful.

Implementation and Marketing Materials

The materials and resources listed below support the implementation and/or marketing of Partnership for Health – Medication Adherence by health departments, community-based organizations, and health care or other organizations. The resources are evidence-based and designed for cost-effective, scalable implementation.

  • Milam J, Richardson JL, McCutchan A, Stoyanoff S, Weiss J, Kemper C, Larsen RA, Hollander H, Weismuller P, Bolan R. Effect of a brief antiretroviral adherence intervention delivered by HIV care providers. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2005;40(3):356-363.