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Title:HIV-related disabilities: an extra burden to HIV and AIDS healthcare workers?
Authors:Egeraat, Leonie van
Hanass-Hancock, Jill
Myezwa, Hellen
Periodical:African Journal of AIDS Research (ISSN 1727-9445)
Geographic term:South Africa
people with disabilities
health care
health personnel
External link:https://doi.org/10.2989/16085906.2015.1084938
Abstract:Healthcare workers have been at the forefront of dealing with the impact of HIV and AIDS at all stages of the pandemic. Through in-depth interviews with 10 healthcare workers in a semi-urban hospital setting in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, the authors aim to understand healthcare workers' experiences with disability in the context of HIV. They used the International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health (ICF) as a guiding framework. Healthcare workers described HIV-related disabilities on all three levels of disability, namely impairments/ body function, activity limitations and participation restrictions, as affecting the livelihood of their patients and household members. They encounter several challenges in dealing with the increased needs of care and support for people living with HIV who experience HIV-related disabilities. These challenges include excessive work load, lack of resources and training and emotional strain in dealing with disability. The authors conclude that healthcare workers need support to respond to the increased needs of people living with HIV who have HIV-related disabilities. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]