HIV-infected women's relationships with their health care providers in the rural deep south: an exploratory study.

Academic Article


  • Through this qualitative study we explored the patient/provider relationships of rural HIV-infected women. Thirty-nine women from rural Alabama were recruited to participate in one of four focus groups. The focus groups were audiorecorded, and the participants were asked to complete surveys measuring patient/provider trust. The verbatim-transcribed audio recordings were analyzed using content analysis. The participants' descriptions of their relationships with health care providers were represented by three major thematic categories: caring, informative, and competent. These findings provide a foundation for further research on the role of patient/provider relationships in the health outcomes of HIV disease in rural, resource-poor settings.
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  • Adult, Alabama, Attitude of Health Personnel, Clinical Competence, Communication, Female, Focus Groups, HIV Infections, Health Services Accessibility, Humans, Interviews as Topic, Male, Middle Aged, Patient Acceptance of Health Care, Patient Satisfaction, Perception, Professional-Patient Relations, Qualitative Research, Quality of Health Care, Rural Population, Socioeconomic Factors, Surveys and Questionnaires
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    Author List

  • Boehme AK; Moneyham L; McLeod J; Walcott MW; Wright L; Seal P; Mugavero M; Norton WE; Kempf M-C
  • Start Page

  • 403
  • End Page

  • 419
  • Volume

  • 33
  • Issue

  • 4