Adherence: still the Achilles’ heel?

Juliet Bennett
Independent Nurse Advisor

Welcome to the autumn edition of HIV Nursing, in which we cover ‘Health promotion and adherence’ as well as including the Abstracts from this year’s conference.
There are interesting insights in Cathy Ormiston’s article exploring the use of nurse prescribing in the field of HIV. From her research, Cathy concludes that the benefits of nurse prescribing broadly outweigh the disadvantages. However, more robust research into this skill development is needed, with an emphasis on gathering patient views and experiences.
We are pleased to hear from Liverpool’s HIV Community Nursing Team on their exercise to identify gaps in care and seek improvements, in the highly challenging arena of continued care for complex patients.
Also in this edition, Pauline Jelliman reports on her work with an educative and supportive women’s health initiative in the north of England. ‘Between the Sheets’ has received impressive initial feedback and has huge potential for developments in the future. She urges nurses, especially those in specialist roles, to pursue issues which come directly from patients – being proactive in seeking out unmet needs and creative in exploring ways to meet them. Read more…