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Uncertainty and 'technological horizon' in qualitative interviews about HIV treatment.
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PMID:  16775018     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Treatment (HAART) has reduced death and morbidity among people with HIV. However, HAART is not always effective, can produce serious side-effects and implies uncertainty for patients. To address HAART-related uncertainty, 20 qualitative interviews were conducted with gay men with HIV in Glasgow and London. The interviewees were purposively selected to reflect diversity in terms of year of diagnosis, experiences of illness and treatment-related side-effects. The interviews were analysed using the constant comparison method to derive themes. Among those using HAART, analysis identified themes of 'good health', 'illness' and 'loss of confidence'. Uncertainty was managed through a discourse of 'technological horizon' that combined the ongoing innovations of HAART and biographical time. These themes are discussed in terms of the implications for HIV care. In particular, technological horizon provides a basis for the management of uncertainty in the prescribing relationship between patient and clinician.
Mark Davis; Jamie Frankis; Paul Flowers
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health (London, England : 1997)     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1363-4593     ISO Abbreviation:  Health (London)     Publication Date:  2006 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-06-15     Completed Date:  2006-11-30     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9800465     Medline TA:  Health (London)     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  323-44     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of East London & Glasgow Caledonian University, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Antiretroviral Therapy, Highly Active
HIV Infections / drug therapy*
Homosexuality, Male
Interviews as Topic
Middle Aged

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