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HIV is now a manageable long-term condition, but what makes it unique? A qualitative study exploring views about distinguishing features from multi professional HIV specialists in North West England

Jelliman, P and Porcellato, LA (2017) HIV is now a manageable long-term condition, but what makes it unique? A qualitative study exploring views about distinguishing features from multi professional HIV specialists in North West England. Janac-Journal of the Association of Nurses in Aids Care, 28 (1). pp. 165-178. ISSN 1055-3290

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Abstract

HIV is evolving from a life threatening infection to a long-term, manageable condition because of medical advances, radical changes in health and social care policy and the impact of an ageing population. However, HIV remains complex, presenting unique characteristics distinguishing it from other long term conditions (LTCs). Our aim in this qualitative descriptive study was to identify and explore these features in the context of LTCs. A focus group (FG) method was used to gather the views and experiences of multiprofessional HIV specialists who worked in North West England. 24 staff participated in FGs (n = 3), which were audio-recorded, manually transcribed, and thematically analyzed. We found 4 main themes: (a) stigma, (b) challenges faced by HIV specialists, (c) lack HIV-related knowledge, and (d) unique features, termed “stand-alone”. We concluded that these distinguishing features hindered full recognition of HIV as an LTC.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1110 Nursing
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Public Health Institute
Publisher: Elsevier
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2017 08:59
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2017 08:16
DOI or Identification number: 10.1016/j.jana.2016.09.008
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6224

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