Mobile applications to improve antiretroviral therapy adherence: quality over quantity

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Calvin Diep

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Medication nonadherence is one of the greatest barriers to achieving the 90-90-90 treatment targets for people living with HIV . Mobile health applications are now popularly used as medication reminder systems but lack evidence for this use. Qualitative studies with PLWH have identified favourable application features such as interactions with peers and healthcare providers, medical charting, and HIV-related news updates. Though some applications appear to be superior to others according to the validated Mobile Application Rating Scale (MARS), there is no formal quality control system for the hundreds of thousands of mobile medical applications on the market. Emphasis on quality over quantity in this field may be achieved by involving healthcare providers and patients in the application design and development process. The potential benefits of high-quality reminder systes may result in accelerated progress towards treatment goals for PLWH.