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SHORT COURSE IN INTEGRATED ADHERENCE COUNSELLING IN THE HEALTHCARE SETTING

ABOUT THIS COURSE

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.


WHO SHOULD ENROL

All healthcare workers.


ABOUT THIS COURSE

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.


COURSE DESIGN

This is an e-learning course.


EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES

On achieving this course, a learner will be able to:

• Demonstrate the difference between HIV, TB, and Non-communicable diseases through effective communication with patients.

• Discuss the assessment, counselling, and assistance to patients who a going on or are on chronic medication and thereby need to adhere with treatment.

• Explain the process to support therapy supervision.

• Discuss the empowerment of patients to take responsibility for self-management/care of their condition.

• Explain the monitoring of treatment, identification of side effects, the

management and referral of adherence to treatment.


COURSE CONTENT

The following modules are included in this short course:

1. Introduction to HIV/AIDS, TB, STIs and non-communicable diseases.

2. Counselling and communication skills assessment, counselling, and

assistance to patients who a going on or are on chronic medication.

3. Treatment Adherence.

4. Support therapy supervision.

5. Essential Information for ART, TB and STI Patients.


ASSESSMENT

Participants are assessed on the self-study component of the course

through means of MCQ’s after each module for which a pass mark of

70% is required.


COURSE DURATION

The minimum period for completion is 3 months from date of registration.


CERTIFICATION

FPD will award successful participants with a certificate on completion

of this course should they successfully complete the assessment

process.


ACCREDITATION

Accredited according to the HPCSA’s Medical and Dental Board

Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals for 30 CEU’s on Level 2.


COURSE FEE

R999.00 (Inclusive of VAT and taxes where applicable)


WHEN CAN YOU ENROL

Participants can enrol for this course at any time.

This is an e-learning course.


FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Tel: 087 821 1109 | Fax: 086 550 3692

Email: nursing@foundation.co.za | www.foundation.co.za

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