“Moving forward with life” : acceptability of a brief alcohol reduction intervention for people receiving antiretroviral therapy in South Africa

Myers, Bronwyn ; Parry, Charles D. H. ; Morojele, Neo K. ; Nkosi, Sebenzile ; Shuper, Paul A. ; Kekwaletswe, Connie T. ; Sorsdahl, Katherine R. (2020-08-07)

CITATION: Myers, B. et al. 2020. “Moving Forward with Life”: Acceptability of a Brief Alcohol Reduction Intervention for People Receiving Antiretroviral Therapy in South Africa. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(16). doi:10.3390/ijerph17165706

The original publication is available at https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph


Background: In South Africa, interventions are needed to address the impact of hazardous drinking on antiretroviral therapy among people living with HIV (PLWH). Participant feedback about these interventions can identify ways to enhance their acceptability. We interviewed participants in a randomized controlled trial of a brief motivational interviewing and problem-solving therapy (MI-PST) intervention about their perceptions of this alcohol-reduction intervention. Methods: The trial was conducted in HIV treatment clinics operating from six hospitals in the Tshwane region of South Africa. We conducted qualitative in-depth interviews with a random selection of participants. Twenty-four participants were interviewed after the final intervention session and 25 at the six-month follow up. Results: Participants believed that it was acceptable to offer PLWH, an alcohol reduction intervention during HIV treatment. They described how the MI-PST intervention had helped them reduce their alcohol consumption. Intervention components providing information on the health benefits of reduced consumption and building problem-solving and coping skills were perceived as most beneficial. Despite these perceived benefits, participants suggested minor modifications to the dosage, content, and delivery of the intervention for greater acceptability and impact. Conclusions: Findings highlight the acceptability and usefulness of this MI-PST intervention for facilitating reductions in alcohol consumption among PLWH.

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