When working with people living with HIV/AIDS, patient-centered strategies are vital to creating a safe, welcoming environment. Patient-centered practices include:
- Tailoring messages to the patient
- Focusing on the patient's strengths for positive encouragement
- Educating the patient on his/her health and the skills needed to participate in his/her care
- Ensuring strategies are culturally appropriate (e.g. use easy-to-understand language, respect differences in spiritual beliefs and traditions, and provide translation services)
Resources to Learn More
Retention in HIV
Care: A Clinician's Guide to Patient-Centered Strategies
A guide describing how providers can incorporate patient-centered strategies in their services. Specifically aimed at improving patient retention and adherence and quality of care. Also includes tools and additional resources on the topic.
Author(s): Corwin, M.A., & Bradley-Springer, L.
Organization(s): Mountain Plains AETC