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Voluntary counselling and testing nurses' perceptions of educating HIV-positive people about ARVs in Swaziland

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dc.contributor.advisor Mavundla, Thandisizwe R. en Ntshakala, Theresa Thembi en 2009-08-25T11:00:41Z 2009-08-25T11:00:41Z 2009-08-25T11:00:41Z 2005-03-31 en
dc.description.abstract A qualitative study following a phenomenological approach was undertaken to explore voluntary counselling and testing nurses' perception of educating HIV+ people about ARVs. Non-probability convenience sampling was used and in-depth semi-structured face-to-face interviews were conducted to collect data from 12 participants. The most important results were:  The need for extensive education on ARVs since it is a new technology used to curb the infection therefore clients need the information in order to use them effectively.  Stumbling blocks encountered when educating HIV+ people about the drugs. The problems are mainly due to the nurses lack of current knowledge about the drugs; patients' low economic status; severe side effects; difficulties in behaviour change; poor quality of life on ARVs and medical terminology.  Inability of clients to comply to the regimen because of severe side effects, complex regimen, lack of support from family and friends, lack of motivation, depression, cultural beliefs, lack of knowledge on how to use them and financial constraints.  Challenges for continuous education because of current nursing shortage, negative attitudes of some nurses, demotivation and inadequate funding for such activity. Recommendations include provision of continuing education and the incorporation of ARV therapy knowledge in the basic nursing curriculum in nursing education. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (viii, 67 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Antiretroviral drugs en
dc.subject HIV/AIDS en
dc.subject perceptions en
dc.subject qualitative research en
dc.subject voluntary counselling and testing en
dc.subject.ddc 616.97920096887
dc.subject.lcsh HIV (Viruses --Treatment --Swaziland
dc.subject.lcsh HIV infections -- Swaziland
dc.subject.lcsh AIDS (Disease) -- Swaziland
dc.subject.lcsh Antiretroviral agents -- Swaziland
dc.subject.lcsh Nurses -- Attitudes
dc.subject.lcsh Patient education -- Swaziland
dc.title Voluntary counselling and testing nurses' perceptions of educating HIV-positive people about ARVs in Swaziland en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Health Studies en MA (HEALTH STUDIES) en

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