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Quality of care for Black and Latina women living with HIV in the U.S.: a qualitative study.

  • Author(s): Rice, Whitney S;
  • Fletcher, Faith E;
  • Akingbade, Busola;
  • Kan, Mary;
  • Whitfield, Samantha;
  • Ross, Shericia;
  • Gakumo, C Ann;
  • Ofotokun, Igho;
  • Konkle-Parker, Deborah J;
  • Cohen, Mardge H;
  • Wingood, Gina M;
  • Pence, Brian W;
  • Adimora, Adaora A;
  • Taylor, Tonya N;
  • Wilson, Tracey E;
  • Weiser, Sheri D;
  • Kempf, Mirjam-Colette;
  • Turan, Bulent;
  • Turan, Janet M
  • et al.
Abstract

Background

Ending the HIV epidemic requires that women living with HIV (WLWH) have access to structurally competent HIV-related and other health care. WLWH may not regularly engage in care due to inadequate quality; however, women's perspectives on the quality of care they receive are understudied.

Methods

We conducted 12 focus groups and three in-depth interviews with Black (90%) and Latina (11%) WLWH enrolled in the Women's Interagency HIV Study in Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL, Brooklyn, NY, Chapel Hill, NC, Chicago, IL, and Jackson, MS from November 2017 to May 2018 (n = 92). We used a semi-structured format to facilitate discussions about satisfaction and dissatisfaction with health care engagement experiences, and suggestions for improvement, which were audio-recorded, transcribed, and coded using thematic analysis.

Results

Themes emerged related to women's health care satisfaction or dissatisfaction at the provider, clinic, and systems levels and across Institute of Medicine-defined quality of care domains (effectiveness, efficiency, equity, patient-centeredness, safety and timeliness). Women's degree of care satisfaction was driven by: 1) knowledge-based care resulting in desired outcomes (effectiveness); 2) coordination, continuity and necessity of care (efficiency); 3) perceived disparities in care (equity); 4) care delivery characterized by compassion, nonjudgment, accommodation, and autonomous decision-making (patient-centeredness); 5) attention to avoiding side effects and over-medicalization (safety); and 6) limited wait time (timeliness).

Conclusions

Quality of care represents a key changeable lever affecting engage in care among WLWH. The communities most proximally affected by HIV should be key stakeholders in HIV-related quality assurance. Findings highlight aspects of the health care experience valued by WLWH, and potential participatory, patient-driven avenues for improvement.

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