Measuring adherence to antiretroviral therapy in northern Tanzania: feasibility and acceptability of the Medication Event Monitoring System

R.A. Lyimo, J. van den Boogaard, E. Msoka, H.J. Hospers, A.A. van der Ven, D. Mushi, M. de Bruin

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Abstract

An often-used tool to measure adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) is the Medication Event Monitoring System (MEMS), an electronic pill-cap that registers date and time of pill-bottle openings. Despite its strengths, MEMS-data can be compromised by inaccurate use and acceptability problems due to its design. These barriers remain, however, to be investigated in resource-limited settings. We evaluated the feasibility and acceptability of using MEMS-caps to monitor adherence among HIV-infected patients attending a rural clinic in Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro Region. Methods: Eligible patients were
Original languageEnglish
Article number92
Number of pages7
JournalBMC Public Health
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • hiv patients
  • nonadherence
  • progression
  • challenges
  • malawi

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