New Bibliography on Adherence to Antiretrovirals

The Initiative on Adherence to Antiretrovirals of the International Network for the Rational Use of Drugs (INRUD-IAA) has published a new bibliography of 460 articles that will interest to those working in the field of adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) in Africa.

Harvard Medical School’s Drug Policy Research Group, an INRUD-IAA partner, compiled the bibliography by first conducting a systematic literature search of the MEDLINE and INRUD databases plus websites of international organizations; the search retrieved 1,299 articles. The second step was a review and manual selection process. The final bibliography includes all reviews of ART adherence without limitation to a particular geographic region; other articles were evaluated based on their relevance to the African context.

The bibliography contains all published reviews (up to June 30, 2009) on adherence to ART, all articles reporting the results of interventions undertaken in African countries at the patient or community level to improve adherence to ART, and any article from this region focusing on the study of determinants of adherence and on standardizing its measurement. In addition, the bibliography includes articles reporting results of African clinical studies in which the main focus was the efficacy or safety of antiretroviral medications and which measured adherence as a potential confounding factor.

The bibliography, which will be updated every six months, is available at INRUD-IAA’s website.

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