Participants' perspectives on cognitive - Behavioral therapy for adherence and depression in HIV

Carla Berg, Sudha Raminani, Joseph Greer, Meaghan Harwood, Steven Safren

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As part of the process of developing cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for medical adherence and depression (Safren, Gonzalez, & Soroudi, 2007), the authors conducted exit interviews among 14 HIV-infected patients who received the intervention, and transcribed, coded, and analyzed these data. The authors concluded that CBT was structured yet flexible, developed self-awareness emphasized social support, and involved therapist empathy and supportiveness. Limitations included the discomfort of discussing personal information and the impact of feeling ill on attendance and homework completion. Suggestions included more sessions, more flexibility in scheduling appointments, and more realistic and clear expectations regarding homework. These results provide insights about strengths and limitations of this psychotherapy with medically ill patients and may help to maximize intervention effectiveness and client acceptability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-280
Number of pages10
JournalPsychotherapy Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Brief psychotherapy
  • Cognitive behavior therapy
  • Depression
  • Qualitative research methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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