Partnership for Health – Medication Adherence

Partnership for Health for Medication Adherence (PfH-MA) is an evidence-based intervention that helps persons with HIV take their medication every day and achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load. Maintaining an undetectable viral load allows persons to stay healthy and effectively eliminates the risk of HIV transmission to an HIV-negative partner through sex.

About Partnership for Health-Medication Adherence

Partnership for Health-Medication Adherence (PfH-MA) helps establish a partnership between the provider and patient to increase the knowledge, self-efficacy, and behaviors of the patient associated with adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART). The relationship between the provider and patient provides an underlying trust that facilitates behavior change. The provider fosters an open and honest relationship through active listening skills and engaging the patient to discuss concerns around their treatment regimen. The provider and patient develop an individualized adherence plan together during the clinic visit by problem solving barriers to adherence and identifying solutions.

Intervention Core Elements

  • A trusting relationship between provider and patient to increase the patient’s knowledge and self-efficacy, address patient concerns, and problem solve barriers to medication adherence;
  • Adherence support tools such as adherence messaging displayed in posters and brochures and the medication schedule to track the individualized adherence plan; and
  • A seven-step approach to structure short conversations with patients about medication adherence at every visit.

Intervention Goals

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

Intervention Focal Population

  • Persons with HIV in outpatient clinics

Partnership for Health-Medication Adherence Training

This training has one component:

  1. 1-hour and 45-minute eLearning module

A 1-hour and 45-minute Partnership for Health–Medication Adherence eLearning module is located in CDC TRAIN. 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.

To access eLearning modules, including training prerequisite courses:

  1. Log-in to CDC TRAIN and access the HIV CBA Training Plan (step-by-step instructions are available).
  2. Select the module you wish to take.
  3. Launch the module or save the module for later.

Technical assistance for the implementation of Partnership for Health-Medication Adherence is available.

To request technical assistance:

  1. CDC’s directly funded health department and CBO partners may request technical assistance by submitting a request in the CBA Tracking System.
  2. Organizations not directly funded by CDC may contact their local health department for assistance in submitting a request.

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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.