Antiretroviral therapy (ART) enables HIV patients to reduce disease progression. ART adherence is closely related to patients’ knowledge about the medical treatment. This study investigated the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in supporting ART-related knowledge seeking among older Chinese with HIV, using cross-sectional data collected from 2012 to 2013 in Guangxi, China. Of the 2987 HIV patients, 688 were 45 years or older and going through ART. We used an 11-item scale (α=0.69), which was developed based on existing literature, to assess ART-related knowledge to obtain a composite score (0-11). Less than 5% of the participants sought HIV-related information via computers. Patients with lower ART-related knowledge were more likely to consult medical professionals about the disease via cell phones than those with higher scores (8.28 vs. 9.45, p < 0.001). The results suggest that future interventions should integrate cell phones to promote ART-related knowledge dissemination among older patients.
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Published in Innovation in Aging, Volume 3, Issue Supplement_1, 2019, pages S413-. © The Author(s) 2019. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Gerontological Society of America. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Zhang, Y., Li, X., Qiao, S., Zhou, Y., & Shen, Z. (2019). THE ROLE OF ICT IN ANTIRETROVIRAL THERAPY-RELATED KNOWLEDGE SEEKING AMONG OLDER CHINESE LIVING WITH HIV. Innovation In Aging, 3(Supplement_1), S413-S413. https://doi.org/10.1093/geroni/igz038.1539