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Handheld Computers to Improve Adherence to Anti-HIV Drug Regimens

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Identifier:
First received: January 29, 2003
Last updated: December 13, 2016
Last verified: December 2005
While anti-HIV drugs can significantly reduce viral loads, the medication regimens can be complex, and patients must take them correctly for the best effect. Nonadherent patients risk developing drug resistant HIV strains. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of a handheld computerized system designed to help patients take their drugs correctly.

Condition Intervention Phase
HIV Infections Device: Medication Reminder System/Adherence Tracker Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Compliance Enhancement In HIV/AIDS Patients

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Further study details as provided by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID):

Estimated Enrollment: 156
Study Completion Date: December 2005
Primary Completion Date: December 2005 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

As the use of protease inhibitors and other antiretroviral medications has increased, multiple drug resistant HIV strains have emerged, demonstrating the need for improved patient adherence to complex drug regimens. Individual computerized adherence systems have been proposed as a mechanism for improving patient adherence. This study will utilize advanced computer and communication technologies to produce a handheld (PDA) product for HIV/AIDS patients. The system serves as a patient reminder system, addresses problems of missed medications, and monitors severity of side effects. This study will evaluate the efficacy of the system as an adherence intervention.

Participants in the study will be randomized to either the intervention or a control group. Participants will use the PDA daily for medication reminders, alarms, adherence tracking, and as a source of information on HIV/AIDS. The study will last 15 weeks. Each participant will have 6 study interviews and 2 quality control interviews. Study interviews will include adherence questionnaires, blood tests for viral load and CD4 data, and quality of life assessments.


Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria

  • HIV positive
  • Currently taking medications for HIV/AIDS.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00053443

United States, Massachusetts
Newton, Massachusetts, United States, 02464
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  More Information Identifier: NCT00053443     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2R44AI43750-02 A 2
5R44AI043750-03 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: January 29, 2003
Last Updated: December 13, 2016

Keywords provided by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID):
Treatment Experienced

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
HIV Infections
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Immune System Diseases processed this record on September 21, 2017