Title
Life with HIV as a chronic illness: a theoretical and methodological framework for antiretroviral treatment studies in resource-limited settingsLife with HIV as a chronic illness: a theoretical and methodological framework for antiretroviral treatment studies in resource-limited settings
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Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Research group
Research Centre for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies (CELLO)
Publication type
article
Publication
Basingstoke,
Subject
Sociology
Biology
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Social theory and health. - Basingstoke
Volume/pages
10(2012):4, p. 368-391
ISSN
1477-8211
ISI
000310045100004
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
The large-scale introduction of antiretroviral treatment (ART) in the developing world has transformed HIV/AIDS into a manageable chronic condition. However, research is urgently needed to address the specific needs for sustainable ART scale-up in these high-prevalence, resource-limited settings. The current article aims to set a new agenda for future research on the facilitators of and impediments to lasting success of ART in resource-limited settings. There are two parts to this article: (1) construction of a robust theoretical framework labelled the Individual-Family-Community (IFC) model and including the potentially valuable concepts of hybrid identity, family resilience and competent communities, to explain the impact of HIV/AIDS and ART on those affected, and the response of society; and (2) specification of associated methodological tools, that is, latent growth modelling, to generate new knowledge and implement the IFC-model. The proposed theoretical framework and the associated methodology could guide future HIV/AIDS research by suggesting pathways to model the recent paradigm shift of AIDS care to chronic disease care, as well as a full-blown epidemic that affects all aspects of society in a resource-limited setting. Social Theory & Health (2012) 10, 368-391. doi:10.1057/sth.2012.12; published online 5 September 2012
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