Georgetown University Hospital
The Foundation has supported Georgetown University Hospital through grants to the Treatment Adherence Project, part of the HIV Clinical Program, which provides comprehensive medical care to persons living with HIV/AIDS. A large number of the participants who receive case management and treatment adherence services are residents of the District of Columbia living with HIV/AIDS, and are underinsured, uninsured, or have complex medical needs, and are without financial resources.
The Treatment Adherence Project recognizes that adhering to a treatment regimen is essential to HIV care, and acknowledges the challenges to patients in following regimens involving large pill burden and strict dosing schedules. The project has a record of success for improving rates of patient adherence and quality of life, and continuity of care. It stresses acceptance and integration of a medication schedule into an individual’s daily life while working with a multidisciplinary treatment team. Psychosocial support is also provided with a case manager working on behalf of the patients in accessing community services concerning housing/benefits problems, obtaining referrals from outside doctors and applying for medical assistance for HIV medications or health insurance.
As stated by Dr. Princy Kumar, Professor of Medicine and Microbiology, Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, Senior Associate Dean of Students of Georgetown University School of Medicine:
“The El-Hibri Charitable Foundation has given the Treatment Adherence Project, housed in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Georgetown University Hospital, the privilege of providing hundreds of patients at risk of treatment failure an avenue for support, education, and guidance alongside their excellent medical care. Our Treatment Adherence Specialist provides individual and targeted medication adherence counseling and practical support helping patients overcome barriers and disparities to successful treatment adherence. Increasing health outcomes speak to the fine work provided by the Treatment Adherence Project as a part of our multidisciplinary team.”
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