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A qualitative description of service providers' experiences of ethical issues in HIV care.

  • Author(s): Sabone, Motshedisi B
  • Mogobe, Keitshokile Dintle
  • Matshediso, Ellah
  • Shaibu, Sheila
  • Ntsayagae, Esther I
  • Corless, Inge B
  • Cuca, Yvette P
  • Holzemer, William L
  • Dawson-Rose, Carol
  • Soliz Baez, Solymar S
  • Rivero-Mendz, Marta
  • Webel, Allison R
  • Eller, Lucille Sanzero
  • Reid, Paula
  • Johnson, Mallory O
  • Kemppainen, Jeanne
  • Reyes, Darcel
  • Nokes, Kathleen
  • Wantland, Dean
  • Nicholas, Patrice K
  • Lingren, Teri
  • Portillo, Carmen J
  • Sefcik, Elizabeth
  • Long-Middleton, Ellen
  • et al.

Published Web Location

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0969733017753743
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Abstract

Background

Managing HIV treatment is a complex multi-dimensional task because of a combination of factors such as stigma and discrimination of some populations who frequently get infected with HIV. In addition, patient-provider encounters have become increasingly multicultural, making effective communication and provision of ethically sound care a challenge.

Purpose

This article explores ethical issues that health service providers in the United States and Botswana encountered in their interaction with patients in HIV care.

Research design

A descriptive qualitative design was used to collect data from health service providers and patients using focused group discussions. This article is based on responses from health service providers only.

Participants and context

This article is based on 11 focused group discussions with a total sample of 71 service providers in seven US sites and one Botswana site.

Ethical considerations

Ethical review boards at all the study sites reviewed the study protocol and approved it. Ethical review boards of the study's coordinating centers, Rutgers University and the University of California at San Francisco, also approved it. The study participants provided a written informed consent to participate.

Findings

HIV service providers encountered ethical challenges in all the four Beauchamp and Childress' biomedical ethics of respect for patients' autonomy, beneficence, justice, and nonmaleficence.

Discussion

The finding that HIV service providers encounter ethical challenges in their interaction with patients is supported by prior studies. The ethical challenges are particularly prominent in multicultural care and resource-constrained care environments.

Conclusion

Provision of HIV care is fraught with ethical challenges that tend to pose different issues depending on a given care environment. It is important that strong partnerships are developed among key stakeholders in HIV care. In addition, health service providers need to be provided with resources so they can provide quality and ethically sound care.

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