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Short Course in Adherence Counselling - Contact Tuition

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Introduction

Treatment adherence is generally regarded as an important factor in achieving optimal outcomes of many diseases. Poor adherence risks the immediate health of the patient, but also risks creating permanent treatment resistance to that agent or group of agents within a given combination therapy regimen. The causes of poor adherence to medication are extremely diverse, and include complexity of therapeutic regimens, treatment side effects, poor health literacy, poor patient-health-worker relationship and limited access to medication. Treatment approaches, such as educational interventions, have been shown to improve adherence to therapy. This course on adherence counselling can be applied to the management of all chronic diseases but the content of the course focuses on the management of ART programmes to improve outcomes of treatment and to reduce the morbidity and mortality as it pertains to AIDS.

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Who Should Enrol

All healthcare professionals who need to acquire knowledge on adherence to treatment

Course Design

This course is a classroom course and participants will receive a comprehensive and user-friendly study guide developed by experts in the field covering all the modules. No other textbooks will be required.

Learning Outcomes

On completing this course, the participants will be able to:

  • Assess, counsel, advise and assist patients who are considering going on or are on chronic medication and thereby need to adhere with treatment
  • Assist family and community members to support those receiving chronic medication
  • Encourage and support therapy supervision
  • Empower patients to take responsibility for self-management/care of their condition.
  • Monitor treatment, identify side effects, manage and refer as required to maintain adherence.

Assessment

Participants are assessed on the self-study component of the course through means of a multiple-choice questionnaire.

Accreditation

Accredited according to the HPCSA’s Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals for 30 CEU’s on Level 2.

Certification

To qualify for a certificate of completion participants should fully attend the course as well as successfully complete the assessment process.