Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Pharmacy Administration


Pharmacy Practice

First Advisor

Cynthia Willey


The acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) caused by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is still a significant public health problem. In the United States approximately 1,000,000 people live with HIV/AIDS infection.4The recommended treatment is HAART (highly active antiretroviral therapy). The HAART treatment is very complex, because of a large number of prescribed drugs in a regimen, frequent dosing and also a number of side effects. In HIV management precise adherence13,26 to the prescribed medication regimen is the key for the maximal viral suppression and improved health status, and the only way to turn this deadly disease into a manageable chronic disease. The importance of many factors associated with medication adherence, including patient characteristics, disease characteristics, medication regimen characteristics, and the patient-provider relationship has been documented. One of the aspects of the complexity of the prescribed regimen is the number of medications in the regimen.

Results: The number of medications did not show association with medication adherence. Patients on a more complex antiretroviral medication regimen did not miss higher percent of prescribed medication, and we may not discriminate between adherent and non-adherent patients only based on a number of prescribed antiretroviral medication. Also the variables number of side effects and how long ago HIV positive were negatively associated with medication adherence.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.