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An assessment of quality of care service provided to people living with HIV/AIDS by a secondary healthcare centre at Osogbo, Nigeria

SA Olowookere, JO Olaitan, NA Adeleke, PB Olaitan, EG Adepoju

Abstract


Objective: The objective of this study was to assess the quality of service provided to people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) at a secondary healthcare centre at Osogbo, Nigeria.
Design: Descriptive cross-sectional study design.
Setting and subjects: People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) at the State Hospital, Osogbo, Nigeria.
Outcome measures: Quality of the services rendered to PLWHA.
Results: A total of 304 PLWHA were interviewed. Their ages ranged from 16-60 years, with a mean age of 35.5 ± 8.8 years. There were 212 (69.7%) female and 92 (30.3%) male respondents, 248 (81.6%) were married and 108 (35.5%) had a tertiary education. Approximately half (148, 48.7%) rated the quality of the services rendered to them at the hospital as excellent, 132 (43.4%) rated it as good, and 24 (7.9%) as fair. None rated the services rendered as poor or very poor.
Conclusion: The results of this study showed a good relationship between PLWHA and healthcare workers in general. Education, training and re-training of the health workers should be an ongoing exercise.

Keywords: people living with HIV/AIDS, healthcare workers, quality of health care, quality of service, Osogbo,Nigeria




http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/20786204.2013.10874393
AJOL African Journals Online