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Trop Med Int Health ; 20(7): 903-13, 2015 Jul.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25754063


OBJECTIVE: To document the lived experiences of people with both poor mental health and suboptimal adherence to antiretroviral therapy in high HIV prevalence settings. METHODS: In-depth qualitative interviews were conducted with 47 (female = 31) HIV-positive adults who scored above the cut-point on a locally validated scale for common mental disorders (CMDs). Purposive sampling was used to recruit participants with evidence of poor adherence. Six additional key informant interviews (female = 6) were conducted with healthcare workers. Data were collected and analysed inductively by an interdisciplinary coding team. RESULTS: The major challenges faced by participants were stressors (poverty, stigma, marital problems) and symptoms of CMDs ('thinking too much', changes to appetite and sleep, 'burdened heart' and low energy levels). Thinking too much, which appears closely related to rumination, was the symptom with the greatest negative impact on adherence to antiretroviral therapy among HIV-positive adults with CMDs. In turn, thinking too much was commonly triggered by the stressors faced by people living with HIV/AIDS, especially poverty. Finally, participants desired private counselling, access to income-generating activities and family engagement in mental health care. CONCLUSIONS: Better understanding of the local expression of mental disorders and of underlying stressors can inform the development of culturally sensitive interventions to reduce CMDs and poor adherence to antiretroviral therapy.

Fármacos Anti-VIH/uso terapéutico , Infecciones por VIH/complicaciones , Cumplimiento de la Medicación , Trastornos Mentales/complicaciones , Estrés Psicológico , Síndrome de Inmunodeficiencia Adquirida/complicaciones , Adulto , Cultura , Femenino , Infecciones por VIH/tratamiento farmacológico , Infecciones por VIH/psicología , Necesidades y Demandas de Servicios de Salud , Humanos , Entrevistas como Asunto , Masculino , Persona de Mediana Edad , Pobreza , Prevalencia , Estigma Social , Apoyo Social , Esposos , Estrés Psicológico/etiología , Pensamiento , Zimbabwe