Caring for persons with early childhood trauma, PTSD, and HIV: a curriculum for clinicians.


Access and adherence to medical care enable persons with HIV to live longer and healthier lives. Adherence to care improves quality of life, prevents progression to AIDS, and also has significant public health implications. Early childhood trauma-induced posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one factor that has been identified as an obstacle to adherence to both risk reduction and HIV care. The authors developed a 4-h curriculum to provide clinicians with more confidence in their ability to elicit a trauma history, diagnose PTSD, and address trauma and its sequelae in persons with HIV to improve adherence to medical care, antiretroviral medications, and risk reduction. The curriculum was designed to address the educational needs of primary care physicians, infectious disease specialists, psychiatrists, other specialists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, residents, medical students, and other trainees who provide care for persons infected with and affected by HIV.

DOI: 10.1007/s40596-014-0186-8

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@article{Tavakkoli2014CaringFP, title={Caring for persons with early childhood trauma, PTSD, and HIV: a curriculum for clinicians.}, author={Mohammad B. Tavakkoli and Mary Ann Cohen and C{\'e}sar A . Alfonso and Sharon M Batista and Maria L A Tiamson-Kassab and Phil Meyer}, journal={Academic psychiatry : the journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry}, year={2014}, volume={38 6}, pages={696-700} }