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The impact of the buddy system on the self-care behaviours of women living with HIV/AIDS in Botswana

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dc.contributor.author Zuyderduin, Johanna R.
dc.contributor.author Ehlers, V.J.
dc.contributor.author Van der Wal, Dirk M.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-20T13:50:04Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-20T13:50:04Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.issn 1025 9848 Health SA Gesondheid
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/6837
dc.description.abstract A needs assessment done among HIV-positive (HIV+ve) people in Botswana in 2000 indicated that these people required social support. Based on these results, a buddy system for and by HIV+ve women was instituted in Botswana during 2002. This study examined the impact of the buddy system on the self-care behaviours of 116 HIV+ve women volunteers who used the services of COCEPWA (Coping Centre for People with Aids) during 2002. The convenience sample comprised 39 buddies who completed the buddy training programme, 39 patients assigned to the 39 buddies and 38 controls who lived in areas where the buddy programme did not operate. The results indicate that HIV+ve patients who had buddies showed improved self-care behaviours from April 2002 until November 2002 compared to the controls. These self-care behaviours encompassed informing a number of other people about their HIV+ve status, compliance with tuberculosis treatment, CD4 quantification and adherence to antiretroviral therapy. Although the differences were not always statistically significant, the patients showed greater improvements than the controls in all self-care behaviours. Thus the buddy system might have assisted and empowered the patients to achieve higher levels of self-care behaviours than the controls. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher AOSIS OpenJournals en
dc.subject adherence to anti-retroviral therapy en
dc.subject anti-retroviral drugs en
dc.subject buddy system en
dc.subject HIV/AIDS en
dc.subject people living with AIDS en
dc.subject self-care behaviours en
dc.title The impact of the buddy system on the self-care behaviours of women living with HIV/AIDS in Botswana en
dc.type Article en
dc.description.department Health Studies en


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