African Journal of AIDS and HIV Research

African Journal of AIDS and HIV Research ISSN 2736-1748 Vol. 10 (10), pp. 001-006, October, 2022. © International Scholars Journals

Full Length Research Paper

Impact of pharmacist provided education on medication adherence behaviour in HIV/AIDS patients treated at a non-government secondary care hospital in India

K. V. Mini1, Adepu Ramesh1*, G. Parthasarathi1, S. N. Mothi2 and V. T. Swamy2

1Department of Pharmacy Practice, JSS College of Pharmacy, S. S. Nagar, Mysore -570015, India.

2Ashakirana AIDS Care and Research Center, Mysore, India.

Accepted 19 September, 2022


A single group pre-post test study evaluated the impact of a pharmacist provided education session on medication adherence behaviour in 104 HIV/AIDS patients receiving highly active Anti Retroviral Therapy. A brief medication questionnaire was administered to eligible patients at baseline and follow up to assess their reported medication adherence and barriers to adherence. The number of subjects reporting greater than 95% adherence increased significantly between baseline (n = 39 (43%)) and final follow up (n = 79 (80%). Pharmacist provided education sessions were found effective in improving medication adherence behavior in HIV/AIDS patients.

Key words: Medication adherence, brief medication questionnaire (BMQ), patient education, pharmacist, HIV/AIDS.