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HIV meds dialogue differs by race, ethnicity

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In HIV care, compliance with a medication plan is crucially important to health outcome, and communication between patient and care giver is crucial to compliance. M. Barton Laws and colleagues found differences in communicatiion varied with patients’ race and ethnicity. Credit: David Orenstein/Brown University

A lot of evidence shows that a patients’ race or ethnicity is associated with differences in how health care providers communicate with them, the health care they receive, and their health outcomes. In HIV care, a key to those outcomes is whether people take their medications as prescribed. A new study of the doctor-patient dialogue about HIV drug adherence found several specific differences in those conversations depending on patients’ race and ethnicity.