Patient appraisal of mandarin orange didanosine: Implications for adherence and well-being

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Didanosine (Videx, ddl) has been shown to be an effective agent in the treatment of HIV disease. However, patients have had difficulties adhering to didanosine preparations due to taste aversion and/or associated nausea. The efficacy of didanosine may, therefore, be compromised. This is of concern to clinicians who seek to promote patient adherence to medication regimes and to foster the quality of patient well-being. In this study, focus groups were used to gather exploratory data about patient (n = 15) response to the new mandarin orange didanosine preparation. Data were audiotaped, transcribed verbatim, and systematically analyzed by the investigators using inductive techniques. Findings provide information regarding client evaluation of the new didanosine preparation and patterns of usage. Although clients generally find the mandarin orange preparation more tolerable, they describe engaging in numerous strategies aimed at attenuating what they experience as the inconvenience of taking the medication. Mental tricks, systematic restructuring of daily routines and environment, and dietary schemes were among the strategies devised by patients through trial and error to self-promote their adherence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-41
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • AIDS
  • Adherence
  • Ddl
  • Didanosine
  • HIV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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