ERIC Number: ED339753
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
An Exploration of Medical Care: A Content Analysis of the Views of People with the AIDS Virus.
Doerr, Patricia F.; And Others
Perceptions of the quality of medical care and the attitudes of medical personnel experienced by people infected with the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) virus were studied using subjects known to be infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS. Ten infected subjects participated in the study. Their interview comments were analyzed using the kernelizing technique of K. Krippendorff (1980) as a method of content analysis. Sixty percent of the subjects indicated a negative initial experience of medical care following their diagnosis of HIV infection. Eventually, all of those interviewed came to see their care positively, with changes in perceived quality of care usually brought about by actions taken by the patient to find supportive and competent medical personnel. Subjects acknowledged the importance of the same support and competence from the doctor's medical support staff. Subjects indicated that counseling-oriented services should be an integral part of the services rendered by the physician or medical support staff. In many cases, these services were not available until subjects learned to educate themselves about the disease in order to survive. A 12-item list of references is provided. Three appended tables contain interview questions, definitions of themes, and frequencies of themes in the interviews. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Patient Care; Service Delivery Assessment
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (20th, Lexington, KY, November 12-15, 1991).