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Literacy, education and adherence to antiretroviral therapy in The Gambia.
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PMID:  20711888     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
We examined the relationship of patients' literacy and education to antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence in an urban treatment centre in The Gambia. Information on education and literacy systematically collected before ART initiation was compared against selected adherence outcomes. Formally educated patients were significantly more likely to achieve virological suppression at both six and 12 months (87% vs. 67%, OR=3.13, P=0.03; 88% vs. 63%, OR=4.49, P=0.007, respectively). Literate patients had similar benefit at 12 months (OR=3.39 P=0.03), with improved virological outcomes associated with degree of literacy (P=0.003). A trend towards similar results was seen at 6 months for Koranically educated patients; however, this was no longer apparent at 12 months. No significant correlation was seen between socio-demographic characteristics and missed appointments. Our study suggests that literacy, formal education and possibly Koranic education may impact favourably on adherence to ART.
A Hegazi; R L Bailey; B Ahadzie; A Alabi; K Peterson
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  AIDS care     Volume:  22     ISSN:  1360-0451     ISO Abbreviation:  AIDS Care     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8915313     Medline TA:  AIDS Care     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1340-5     Citation Subset:  IM; X    
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.
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