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The role of a multidisciplinary team meeting in an antiretroviral treatment programme

C van deventer, M Radebe
Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine | Vol 10, No 2 | a296 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajhivmed.v10i2.296 | © 2009 C van deventer, M Radebe | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 December 2009 | Published: 30 July 2009

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C van deventer,
M Radebe, physician, Potchefstroom hospital,, South Africa

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The multidisciplinary team at the wellness clinic, Potchefstroom hospital has been having regular meetings since the clinic was accredited as a treatment site for HAART. The meetings have concentrated on patients who have experienced problems on treatment. The aim was to understand and overcome barriers to adherence and any other patient related issues at the clinic.
Method. Minutes of 2006 were audited in order to acquire an understanding of the difficulties faced by patients and to investigate outcomes of corrective interventions.
17% of the files could not be traced in order to obtain more information. 36% of patients had stabilized with improved or undetectable viral loads. Alcohol and work related matters played an important role in poor adherence. There were however many other factors identified


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