Integrating HIV and palliative care: ending the false dichotomy


Michael E Herce, Robert J Flick



The recently announced UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets have emphasised the need to identify strategies to address the complex psychosocial challenges affecting engagement with HIV care for the 13 million people with HIV taking antiretroviral therapy (ART).1 In The Lancet HIV, Keira Lowther and colleagues offer compelling evidence from the TOPCare trial, showing that integrating palliative care with HIV treatment and care might be one such strategy. In a randomised controlled trial, they studied the effects of a nurse-led palliative care intervention on patient-reported pain and physical and psychological quality of life for people with HIV taking ART.

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