|How about a 'practice' or 'rehearsal' HAART kit?
May 19, 2003
It also seems that there are a lot of patients who aren't adherent because of the inconvenience of their regimen.
So, wouldn't it make sense for someone to develop a "practice kit" (using sugar pills or something) for patients to try out for a month or two before going on HAART?
While taking the sugar pills, a patient could find out firsthand the demands of taking medication on a strict timetable, and might be able to work out the 'kinks' in their schedule.
Of course this wouldn't help with non-adherence due to side effects, but it might help a lot of patients get used to planning their schedule around their medications, without any risk of missed doses and drug resistance.
What do you think about this?
| Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your question and commentary.
I agree with you that for some persons, a dress rehersal medication kit would be a useful training tool for adherence.
Indeed, I know of some large clinics that have used this tactic from time to time (Denver Health, for example). BY
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