Pane, M., Sianturi, E.L., Kong, Y.M.F., Bautista, P., Herlina, & Taxis,K. (2018). Factors associated with regular counselling attendance of HIV outpatients of a national referral hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia: a cross-sectional study. BMC Publich Health, 18:1030 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-5924-5
The authors aimed to investigate the factors associated with regular counselling attendance of patients taking antiretroviral therapy (ART), as known that counselling may enhance adherence by helping PLHIV to deal with the complexity of ART and stigma towards HIV. This was a quantitative study. The authors used paper-based questionnaire to collect information from the participants. The target of this study were outpatients of the RSPI-SS hospital (Prof. Sulianto Saroso Infectious Disease Hospital). Despite the obligation to attend the counselling as the participants collected ART, only 80% of PLHIV regularly attended counselling. It attributed to various reasons, such as employment, religion and distance to the hospital. The authors believed that they delivered useful information on barriers to attend counselling in an urban area from a large group of PLHIV. They also believed that there were other factors, which might influence the counselling attendance. Moreover, they only collected data in an urban area. Therefore, the generalization of this study, especially to rural areas is questionable.