Pharmacist counseling in a cohort of women with HIV and women at risk for HIV

Jennifer M. Cocohoba, Keri N. Althoff, Mardge Cohen, Haihong Hu, Chinazo O. Cunningham, Anjali Sharma, Ruth M. Greenblatt

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Background and methods: Achieving high adherence to antiretroviral therapy for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is challenging due to various system-related, medication-related, and patient-related factors. Community pharmacists can help patients resolve many medication-related issues that lead to poor adherence. The purpose of this cross-sectional survey nested within the Women's Interagency HIV Study was to describe characteristics of women who had received pharmacist medication counseling within the previous 6 months. The secondary objective was to determine whether HIV-positive women who received pharmacist counseling had better treatment outcomes, including self-reported adherence, CD4+ cell counts, and HIV-1 viral loads. Results: Of the 783 eligible participants in the Women's Interagency HIV Study who completed the survey, only 30% of participants reported receiving pharmacist counseling within the last 6 months. Factors independently associated with counseling included increased age (odds ratio [OR] 1.28; 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.07-1.55), depression (OR 1.75; 95% CI 1.25-2.45), and use of multiple pharmacies (OR 1.65; 95% CI 1.15-2.37). Patients with higher educational attainment were less likely to report pharmacist counseling (OR 0.68; 95% CI 0.48-0.98), while HIV status did not play a statistically significant role. HIV-positive participants who received pharmacist counseling were more likely to have optimal adherence (OR 1.23; 95% CI 0.70-2.18) and increased CD4+ cell counts (+43 cells/mm3, 95% CI 17.7-104.3) compared with those who had not received counseling, though these estimates did not achieve statistical significance. Conclusion: Pharmacist medication counseling rates are suboptimal in HIV-positive and at-risk women. Pharmacist counseling is an underutilized resource which may contribute to improved adherence and CD4+ counts, though prospective studies should be conducted to explore this effect further.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)457-463
Number of pages7
JournalPatient Preference and Adherence
Volume6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
  • Antiretroviral therapy
  • Community pharmacy
  • Human immunodeficiency virus
  • Pharmacy practice
  • Women's health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics (miscellaneous)
  • Health Policy

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    Cocohoba, J. M., Althoff, K. N., Cohen, M., Hu, H., Cunningham, C. O., Sharma, A., & Greenblatt, R. M. (2012). Pharmacist counseling in a cohort of women with HIV and women at risk for HIV. Patient Preference and Adherence, 6, 457-463. https://doi.org/10.2147/PPA.S30797