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Clients’ Satisfaction with Anti Retroviral Therapy Services at Hamidia Hospital Bhopal

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Author(s): Bhagat Vimal Kishor, Pal D K, Lodha Rama S, Bankwar Vishal

Journal: National Journal of Community Medicine
ISSN 0976-3325

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 241;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: satisfaction | PLWHA | ART | exit interview

ABSTRACT
Background: The HIV/AIDS pandemic is a major public health problem with an estimated 33.33 million people living with the virus globally. Free antiretroviral treatment was initiated in India 2004. Patients’ satisfaction is one of the commonly used outcome measures of patient care. Objective: To assess the satisfaction of people living with HIV/AIDS with services provided at anti retroviral therapy Centre Hamidia Hospital Bhopal. Material and Methods: A hospital based cross-sectional study was undertaken from August 2008 to July 2009 on all the registered people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) following antiretroviral treatment at Hamidia Hospital Bhopal. Data was collected and by using pre-designed & pre-tested questionnaire and analyzed using Epi-info version 3.5.3. Results: For most of the questions regarding satisfaction on the care services of the center, participants responded positively (excellent & good).The overall mean satisfaction score was “Excellent”. Conclusion: The services of the Center were rated positively (Excellent and above).The hospital management should work to strengthen the clinic services by helping the ART clinic staff to involve patients in the treatment process and recognize their opinions on follow up.
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