If you need an accessible version of this item please contact JSTOR User Support

Optimizing the Care of Minority Patients with HIV/AIDS

Valerie E. Stone
Clinical Infectious Diseases
Vol. 38, No. 3 (Feb. 1, 2004), pp. 400-404
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4462796
Page Count: 5
  • Download PDF
  • Cite this Item

You are not currently logged in.

Access your personal account or get JSTOR access through your library or other institution:

login

Log in to your personal account or through your institution.

If you need an accessible version of this item please contact JSTOR User Support
Optimizing the Care of Minority Patients with HIV/AIDS
Preview not available

Abstract

Persons belonging to racial/ethnic minorities are disproportionately affected by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and/or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in the United States, with higher numbers of infected individuals and higher HIV/AIDS-related death rates. Desite its substantial medical toll among minorities, HIV/AIDS has had a complex sociocultural legacy in many minority communities in the United States, especially in the African American community, which can present a challenge for patients and medical care providers. Many studies have found that minorities receiving care for HIV/AIDS are less likely to be satisfied with their HIV care and less likely to receive highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) than are other patients. The root causes of these disparities in care have not yet been well delineated. However, clinicians can optimize the care they provide for minority patients by using a cultural competence framework, enhancing patient-provider communication, diversifying their clinical staff, proactivley enhancing receipt of HAART, and being attentive to issues related to adherence to HAART.

Page Thumbnails

  • Thumbnail: Page 
400
    400
  • Thumbnail: Page 
401
    401
  • Thumbnail: Page 
402
    402
  • Thumbnail: Page 
403
    403
  • Thumbnail: Page 
404
    404