A study of knowledge and attitude of health care providers working at tertiary care hospitals of Lahore, Pakistan (having HIV/AIDS treatment facility) towards HIV/AIDS

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Acta Medica International,2017,4,1,124-131.
Published:January 2017
Type:Original Article

A study of knowledge and attitude of health care providers working at tertiary care hospitals of Lahore, Pakistan (having HIV/AIDS treatment facility) towards HIV/AIDS

Tahira Hafeez1, Syed Hunain Riaz2, Irtza Ali3, Naila Irum4

1Consultant Clinical Psychologist, HIV Special Clinic, Jinnah Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan

2In charge, HIV Special Clinic Jinnah Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan

3SHO, NES, United Kingdom

4Clinical Psychologist, Community Counselor Khawaja Sira Society, Lahore, Pakistan

Abstract:

A very few health care providers look after HIV/AIDS people because of their poor knowledge and either their lack of positive attitude or usually both. The rationale of this study was to evaluate the knowledge and attitudes of health care providers (tertiary care hospitals in Lahore, having HIV/AIDS Treatment Facility) towards patients with HIV/AIDS. In this cross sectional study, a random sample of 180 healthcare providers was assessed for their knowledge and attitudes. In the questionnaire of knowledge, items were measured in the form of dichotomous scale. Whereas in the five domains of attitudes, items were measured as a five-point likert scale ranging from strongly disagree to strongly agree. Results were discussed in the outlook of two variables which showed that the presence of negative attitude and lack of awareness increase the level of stigma and discrimination. HIV in our country needs positive attitude of rendering care and effective control measures by creating awareness in the community. The study reinforced the need for an ongoing education focused on experiential learning, and professional socialization.

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